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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

HIGGS, Sydney Hamlet 1884–1978

HIGGS, Sydney Hamlet 1884–1978

Born Launceston, Tasmania: studied art at Launceston Technical College before going to Melbourne to study patent law and work in a patent firm. In about 1904 he moved to Wellington where he had obtained a position in a patent firm and completed study of patent page 125 law at university. He also studied engineering at Wellington Technical College, gaining distinction for drawing of a gas engine he designed and invented, and studied art there under H. Linley Richardson and Nugent Welch. After serving in 1914–18 war began to exhibit with NZ Academy of Fine Arts: was on Council for 14 years and for 12 years was president of Wellington Art Club. He painted mainly watercolours. Represented: McDougall, Suter and Hocken.