New Zealand, 1908–1985
Mrs Pérrine Moncrieff, Nelson 1941
oil on canvas 690 x 573 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by the artist in 1980. ACC: 576
This is an eccentric portrait of a well-known Nelson personality, Pérrine Moncrieff (1893–1979). Moncrieff was responsible for the creation of Abel Tasman National Park, in 1942. She was a keen ornithologist, and a founding member of Nelson Bush and Bird Society (later Forest & Bird) among many of her environmental interests.
Naylor’s portrait depicts a busy woman – so busy, Moncrieff was probably using the time to knit socks while being painted.
Marjorie Naylor’s Gallery 29 studio and home was in Bridge Street (now Ian Wills’ jewellery shop). Her studio was notable both for the collection of paintings hanging in the window and for the building itself, one of the last surviving examples of mid-Victorian wooden buildings in the inner city.