Olveston manager Jeremy Smith admires some of the works of
art in the Dunedin house this week. Photo by Gregor
Home is where the art is.
Guided tours are to start of the Dunedin historic home
Olveston's art collection.
''We wanted to start focusing on the art collection and give
people who have already been to Olveston the opportunity to
come back to the house. What is in here really is quite
extraordinary,'' Olveston manager Jeremy Smith said this
''There are 240-odd works in the collection, which David
Theomin started in the 1880s and his daughter, Dorothy,
carried on until the 1960s.
''It's a very traditional collection, with a heavy European
landscape influence, in keeping with the look and feel of the
room they're sitting in,'' he said.
''If you go to an art gallery, it's all on a white wall. This
collection is an interesting look at what appealed to the
Theomin family. The tours will look at where they came from
and why they bought it.''
The collection includes works by Frances Hodgkins, William
Mathew Hodgkins, C. F. Goldie, Grace Joel and Sir Russell
''The Hodgkins were family friends who lived just down the
road,'' Mr Smith said.
The 32-roomed Jacobean-styled home was bequeathed to the city
of Dunedin by the last surviving member of the Theomin
family, Dorothy, in 1966.
''It feels like they could come back at any point,'' he said.
The art tours start from next Thursday.