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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

PHENEY, "Frank" (Richard Francis Cliff) 1831–1869

PHENEY, "Frank" (Richard Francis Cliff) 1831–1869

Taranaki watercolourist. Born England, son of Richard Pheney; probably arrived Wellington 1850 with his father on the Eden and went with him to Omata, Taranaki, where his father took up land and became the editor first of the Taranaki Herald then of the Taranaki News. In January 1869 Frank Pheney showed six watercolours in the Institute reading room, New Plymouth, preparatory to sending them to the Otago Fine Arts Exhibition in Dunedin. In December, after his death, a collection of 76 watercolours, 200 lithographs, and 38 chromolithographs were shown in the Council Chambers, New Plymouth. In 1877 OAS exhibition W. M. Hodgkins showed a painting by Pheney which he owned. Represented: Taranaki Museum, Turnbull.