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National Centennial Exhibition of New Zealand Art Catalogue

John Alexander Gilfillan

page 36

John Alexander Gilfillan

Gilfillan was born in Jersey in 1793 and, after running away to sea for several years, settled down in Edinburgh to study art, being helped by Sir Henry Raeburn. For fifteen years he held a position as art master at the Andersonian University. He came to New Zealand in 1841 and while developing land here found time to sketch the surroundings of his farm. In 1847 the Maoris attacked his homestead and massacred his wife and children, and at the end of the year he went to Australia, living there until his death in 1863. He painted several pictures of New Zealand life and his sketch books are in the Hocken Library, Dunedin.

103            GILLET'S WHALING STATION, 1844 (water colour)

Lent by the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

104            INTERIOR OF A NATIVE PAH (coloured lithograph)

Lent by Miss Richardson, Wellington, by courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library


Lent by the Hocken Library, Dunedin