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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

GIFFORD, Edward Augustus RA 1819–1894

GIFFORD, Edward Augustus RA 1819–1894

A painter of genre, portrait studies and landscape. Born London, son of Edward Gifford, architect in the firm of Ashpitel where he himself trained. Studied at the Royal Academy School winning a gold medal the final year, and in 1854 travelled in Europe. Exhibited page break page 105 irregularly with RA 1842–70. 1877 arrived New Zealand, probably via Sydney where he exhibited that year. At first went to Oamaru where his brother was vicar. Exhibited with OAS 1877–93, and was listed as Oamaru artist 1880–86 in Wise's. Was in Auckland 1885–88 exhibiting with ASA, then in Napier for a while, but he returned to Oamaru exhibiting with OAS again 1892–94. He painted in both watercolours and oils. Died in Oamaru. Exhibited: NZ Industrial Ex Wtn 1885, NZ and South Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90, Melbourne International Ex 1880–81. Work included in the Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented in major galleries in New Zealand.