Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
Almost certainly the English watercolourist Henry Maplestone 1819–1884, a member of the New Watercolour Society which in 1883 became the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colours. Four watercolours all dated 1849 of Taranaki, Nelson and Wellington subjects are in Turnbull. There is a suggestion that Maplestone might not have come to New Zealand but used drawings by Brees and by Hursthouse as a basis for his work, as both these painters were in England at that time. A work attributed to Maplestone is in NAG.