In Douglas Angus arrived in Christchurch for a rowing tournament. To his disappointment, he was to be billeted with his big sister Rita. His attitude, however, soon changed: ‘I suddenly saw walking up the platform this most striking person,.
Joyce Milligan and her husband, Roy, were well-known Christchurch pacifists. They were close friends and supporters of Rita Angus and bought many of her paintings. Angus painted Joyce Milligan surrounded by her much-loved pets – a cat, a parrot,.
This portrait of the composer Douglas Lilburn – whom Rita Angus knew by his second name, Gordon – was one of her most prized works. After their love affair, Lilburn remained a crucial figure in Angus’s life – as a friend and also as a fellow artist.