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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

LINDAUER, Gottfried 1839–1926

LINDAUER, Gottfried 1839–1926

Born Pilsen, Bohernia, studied art under Fuerich and Kuppelureser in Vienna from 1855; received commissions for painting Biblical subjects for Catholic churches in Austria. An article on New Zealand said to have stimulated his interest in Maoris: emigrated to New Zealand arriving Wellington August 1873. Travelled through the country painting portraits of prominent Maoris and of members of early colonial families. In 1874 in Auckland met Henry Partridge who became patron and friend and who exhibited the steadily accumulating collection of Maori portraits in a room over his tobacconist's shop in Queen Street. During the 1914–18 war Partridge offered the collection to the city provided the public would subscribe £10,000.0.0 to a relief fund for the Belgians. The fund was oversubscribed in a few weeks, some of the subscribers being descendants page 153 of the Maoris portrayed. Some of the portraits were made from photographs. A collection of the paintings of Maori subjects was exhibited in London 1885 at the Indian and Colonial Ex. In his later years lived at Woodville, listed as Woodville artist 1896–1900 Wise's; died there. Exhibited with Society of Artists, Auckland 1875; ASA 1888; 8 oils at St Louis Exposition USA 1904. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: ACAG, Hocken, Suter.