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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

ASHWORTH, Edward 1814–1896

ASHWORTH, Edward 1814–1896

Born Exeter: trained in England as an architect articled to Robert page 26 Cornish, Cathedral architect of Exeter, then to the better known Charles Fowler. Arrived in Auckland via Australia October 1842: tried to get work as an architect or surveyor but was not successful. Instead was a cutor to the children of Governor Hobson and some members of the official circle. Made one expedition into the Waikato but his drawings and watercolours of Auckland and Auckland life, are invaluable. In 1843 gave a lecture to the Mechanics Institute members on Grecian architecture–the lectures illustrated by ‘exquisite drawings’. Left Auckland February 1844, returning to England via Hong Kong. In England worked again as an architect and has been praised for his restoration work on Gothic churches. A journal he wrote while in New Zealand is in Turnbull. Represented in AIML, ACAG and Turnbull.