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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WALLACE, John FSA 1788–1880

WALLACE, John FSA 1788–1880

Born in Scotland of a well-known family. Lived in Liverpool and Birmingham where he was a Fellow of Society of Arts and contributed art criticism to a newspaper. Arrived in New Plymouth 1841 on Amelia Thompson: lived there and in Nelson before he settled in Wellington. Was member of Wellington Provincial Council and friend of E. G. Wakefield and of Dr Featherston. After retiring was for a time in charge of Provincial Treasury. He was a highly educated man who took a great interest in education and was once described as ‘devoted to art and literature, and not without talent of his own in both’. His son, John Howard Wallace, who had preceded him to New Zealand, was co-author with Sherrin in Brett's History of New Zealand pub. 1890. A watercolour of Wellington 1845 is in Turnbull and Hocken has an early reproduction of it.