The Presants family in front of their home, Christchurch ca. 1907. Evelina Agnes, Philip Theobald, Philip Robert, Eliza Mary (nee Brady) and Lilian Marama Presants.
Still standing and looking amazing in 2007...
Philip Presants' study of eyes, nose, mouth and ears from plaster casts at Norwich School of Arts and Design, 1889. http://fineart.ac.uk/works.php?imageid=ns0028
...but tragically burnt down in 2008
'Young New Zealand at play'; lithographer P R Presants
Philip Presants was an artist. He was born in Norwich, England and trained at the Fine Arts College. In 1897 he emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and two young children on the 'Rimutaka'. He became one of the first chromolithographers in New Zealand and imported fine-grained stone for his work. He worked for the Christchurch Weekly Press from about 1900-1908. Some of his work is kept at the Alexander Turnbull Library and some front cover pages of his are reproduced here. Unfortunately he is reported to have somewhat abandoned his family once they had moved to Belmont in the Hutt Valley; he travelled frequently to the UK by sea, leaving his wife to raise the children and run the Belmont farm as best she could. Eliza opened part of their land as The Belmont Picnic Grounds in 1920.
Lilian Heyes nee Presants stated that her father, Philip, designed the familiar 'Rising Sun' logo for his friend, Thomas Edmonds.
Philip is on the right in this promotional photo.
Note the stone used for lithography, etched with acid for each picture and then planed smooth for the next image.
Philip designed the booklet and award certificates for the Canterbury Exhibition of 1900
Eliza Presants nee Brady opening the Belmont Picnic Grounds, 1920
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