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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WATKINS, William Montague Nevin 1835–1904

WATKINS, William Montague Nevin 1835–1904

Fourth son of Dr D. Watkins. Was the first photographer in Akaroa. Held an art union of his paintings in Lyttelton, advertised in Lyttelton Times 31.12.1872. In 1876 painted Akaroa Harbour for von Haast. Perhaps it was after this that he went to Victoria and studied at the Melbourne School of Art, since he has been given as returning from there to Akaroa in 1879. Exhibited with OAS though not a member 1880; then with CSA 1884–94, from 1889 as an Akaroa member; then again in 1898. In 1886 for a painting of Lake Whakatipu he was asking £26.0.0. Exhibited: NZ and South page break page 249 Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90 showing oils of southern lakes and rivers. Listed as Akaroa artist 1883–95 Wise's. Represented: McDougall, Turnbull.