Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
COLE, F. Tennyson
English artist who visited Wellington 1893 with the NZ concert party. On 17 March 1894 there appeared an extraordinarily candid account of him in Fair Play. He was “this much married artist” who “disgusted so many people by his snobbish ways”. His portrait of the “late Mr Ballance” was referred to as being on view at the Crichton Club, “a second rate library, artistic and theatrical club”. The portrait was not thought by New Zealanders to be a good likeness but as a work of art was highly praised. “Cole was a bit of a cad but he could paint. His work was, however, tricky and was strongly influenced by the French water colour school”.