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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

NEVILLE, Louis 1852–1919

NEVILLE, Louis 1852–1919

Born England, son of Ralph Neville-Grenville of Butleigh, Court page 180 Glastonbury. Arrived New Zealand 1876 and at first settled in Dunedin. Took a great part in sport and was in the first Rugby team to tour New Zealand. Painted watercolours and exhibited with OAS 1876–80. In 1879 moved to Christchurch to work for Lyttelton Harbour Board during construction of the dock 1879–82, and exhibited in the Sydney Ex 1879 as a Christchurch painter, with the CSA 1881 and 1882. Returned to England, was one of the engineers for the construction of the Forth Bridge and continued as engineer for the Forth Canal. Had to give up work, possibly for health reasons, and returned to New Zealand 1916, settling in Timaru. Well known at this time for watercolours of Canterbury.