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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WALSH, Alfred Wilson 1859–1916

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WALSH, Alfred Wilson 1859–1916

Born Kyneton, Victoria: arrived Dunedin as a child, his father probably attracted by the gold rush. As a young man was employed as a draughtsman in the Public Works Department, but he took painting lessons from D. C. Hutton at the Dunedin Art School and in 1883 from George O'Brien, 1886 was appointed to staff of Canterbury School of Art and taught there for 24 years. Exhibited with OAS 1883–95; CSA 1889–1915, but by 1912 after a stay in Kaikoura, his favourite painting place, he had gone to Auckland. Was married to Mr Justice Connolly's daughter and thereafter exhibited too with the ASA 1910–11, 1913–14. Died in Tauranga. At the Canterbury School of Art had been greatly influenced by W. K. Sprott and some of his loveliest work was done in his company. Exhibited: NZ and South Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90; Centennial Ex, Melbourne 1888–89; NZ International Ex Chch 1906–07. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Some of his fine Kaikoura views are in NAG; represented also McDougall.