Te tangi o te moa (Death of a moa)
(1907, watercolour, 530x380mm)
"Made for the enjoyment of his family, this unique fantasy painting is one of Lloyd’s most ambitious works. The last giant moa has fallen, its body watched over by a gathering of native birds and patupaiarehe, mythic Māori fairy folk. The cacophony of squawks and cries is almost audible. Lloyd captures the personalities of the various birds: the pukeko, a little stand-offish, looks on inquisitively; the gregarious kea shares the news with a late arrival still in flight; and the kākāpo, notoriously shy and retiring, sits on the outer edge of the group." - Auckland Art Gallery.