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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

AUBREY, Christopher

AUBREY, Christopher

Previously thought to have been a Charles Aubrey but dates of paintings as early as 1873 now show that this is incorrect. C. Aubrey seems to have painted throughtout most of New Zealand page 28 to have been in Otago and Southland in the 1870s and to have stayed on back country stations in the 1880s. When he was in country houses near Riverton he often left sketches there in return for hospitality received. In 1879 he held an art union in Riverton of Riverton and Stewart Island watercolours. In 1889 he was in Wellington, around the Wanganui and the Manawatu and Wairarapa areas in the 1890s, and in Auckland area by 1898. His wash drawings of country scenery and country towns were a regular feature of the New Zealand Graphic from 1898 until about 1902. His work is often enriched by his individual lively spindly looking horses: any drawings of buildings suggest that he was trained as an architectural draughtsman. Exhibited Melbourne International Exn 1880–81 from Invercargill. The OESA holds a good collection of his work. Represented also in ACAG, Wanganui Museum, Riverton Museum. Turnbull and Hocken.