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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BASSETT, William 1871–1946

BASSETT, William 1871–1946

Born in New Zealand, son of S. K. Bassett who came to New Zealand from Ireland in 1869. Was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School and was a leading sportsman there, later winning the New Zealand long dive and the plunge and continuing to be involved in sports. In 1887 entered his father's business importing American machinery, was also interested in art and about 1890 became a pupil of Van der Velden, whose art and lifestyle he admired. Made a collection of Van der Velden's oils, of both New Zealand and Dutch subjects, and also of his black and white works. Commissioned a portrait of his father and mother. A pastel portrait of William Bassett was made by Elizabeth Wallwork. Died at Avonside aged seventy-six. Represented in Turnbull.