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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

ALEXANDER, John Staples b.1820

ALEXANDER, John Staples b.1820

The second son of Rev. Robert Alexander and grandson of the Bishop of Meath. In 1846 made copies of the New Zealand water-colours and wash drawings in a sketchbook of J. G. Mitford which presumably the artist had sent back to his family in Ireland. Carefully recorded the dates of the originals and the dates of when he copied them. His family was closely connected with the Nicholsons of County Meath. Sophia Elizabeth Nicholson was another copiest of the Mitford sketches. It has hitherto been thought that Alexander must have been in New Zealand, but this is not likely. His sketch book is in APL.