Simon Wetherill, MOTAT Library and Archive Manager said the painting was in fantastic condition, requiring little more than a clean and reframing by a trained conservator.
“The painting portraying Batten in the same year as her record breaking solo flight across the South Atlantic is a significant addition to the MOTAT collection, complimenting the other paintings and photographs we have in the Walsh Memorial Library.”
Michael Frawley, MOTAT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that the ANZ thought of us when they were looking for a custodian for this stunning portrait of Jean Batten.”
Ms Watson said when deciding what to do with this painting, ANZ wanted it be where it could contribute to the Jean Batten story, and where future generations of new Zealanders could see and enjoy it. “There is no better home for it than at MOTAT.”
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