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Michael Smither (b 1939) Study for Baptism of Christ oil on board signed, inscribed with title and dated 'M.D.Smither Study for Baptism of Christ 1967' to reverse 72 x 65cm Provenance Private collection, New Plymouth Literature Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Michael Smither an introduction (1984) exhibition catalogue p. 86. (b/w illustration) Trish Gribben, Michael Smither Painter (Rong Sang 2004) p. 75 as 'The Baptism of Christ in a Taranaki Stream' Exhibited Auckland, Barry Lett Galleries as 'Baptism of Christ (first study 1966)', 'Religious paintings and drawings' 1968, cat. no. 7. New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Taranaki review, 1970 as 'The baptism', cat. no. 37. New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Michael Smither - An Introduction, 1 November - 16 December 1984, cat. no. 29. (original paper label to reverse) There is also a larger version of this painting with four apostles included. Drawings for this painting are in sketchbook 22a, dated by the artist 1966.