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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

FOSTER, Charles William 1840–1920

FOSTER, Charles William 1840–1920

Born in Boston, USA: said to have travelled extensively in the Far East and in Europe. By 1856 he was working as an artist in the gold diggings at Bendigo in Australia. He is known to have been in New Zealand c.1895 and was listed as a Dunedin artist in 1896–97 Wise's, but it is possible that, as other Bendigo artists did, he arrived in Otago some time in the gold rush in the early 1860s. By 1898 he was living in Onehunga, Auckland: he exhibited with ASA 1898–1918. His Auckland work, mostly oils, included seascapes and paint- page 98 ings of shipping. He died in Auckland. Work included in Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: ACAG and Hocken.