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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BEETHAM, William RA 1809–1888

BEETHAM, William RA 1809–1888

Born Yorkshire: studied art and became an accomplished portrait painter: exhibited at the Royal Academy until 1853. Arrived in New Zealand with his family of six sons and three daughters in 1855 and settled at the Hutt, Wellington. In 1856 took up land in Wairarapa. His later years were devoted to painting: portraits included those of Te Rauparaha, Te Puni, Wi Tako, Featherston, Mein Smith and Wakefield. In 1882 was one of the founders and first President of the Fine Arts Assoc., Wtn. Exhibited with them and with the later NZ Acadamy of Fine Arts, Wtn. Visited England 1885. Exhibited in NZ & South Seas Ex. Dunedin 1889–90. Represented in Turn-bull and NAG.