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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BUTLER, George Edmund 1870–1936

BUTLER, George Edmund 1870–1936

Born Southampton, England, educated Taunton. Arrived Wellington 1881. From 1890 studied at Wellington Technical College under Nairn; in 1892 was one of Wellington Art Club led by Nairn. 1897 went to Sydney, 1898 to England; studied at Lambeth School of Art, London, and at the Julian Academy, Paris, where he gained honours, and later at Antwerp. Returned to New Zealand about 1900 and held shows in Wellington and Christchurch. About 1901 moved to Dunedin, exhibited with OAS 1901–1908; was listed as Dunedin artist from 1901. About 1908 went again to England, lived in or near Bristol, exhibiting RA between 1908–23 and at Royal Scottish Academy. Official War Artist with NZ troops 1914–18 war. A coloured lithograph of his work published by Otago Daily Times and Witness, 1932. Exhibited: NZ International Ex. Chch 1906–07; St. Louis Exposition USA 1904. Work included in Centennial Ex, Wtn 1940. Represented: major New Zealand galleries, Turnbull and Hocken.