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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BUCHANAN, John F.L.S. 1818–1898

BUCHANAN, John F.L.S. 1818–1898

Born Scotland: apprenticed to a pattern designer but trained himself as botanist. Emigrated to New Zealand arriving Otago 1849 and became botanist and draughtsman to the Otago Geological Department under James Hector. Moved to Geological Survey Department Wellington, 1865, but showed wash drawings and watercolours of geological features in Otago and drawings of alpine plants in NZ Exhibition Dunedin that year. 1880 exhibited at International Exhibition, Melbourne, 64 plates from Illustrations of Grasses and Alpine Plants of New Zealand drawn on stone. Buchanan's Milford Sound in the Hocken is thought by many to be one of the outstanding works of art in New Zealand. Represented: Turnbull and Hocken.