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National Centennial Exhibition of New Zealand Art Catalogue

William Swainson

William Swainson

William Swainson (1789-1855) was born at London, and came to New Zealand in 1841. He had done extensive scientific exploration, being interested in botany, zoology and ichthyology. Taking a farm at Lower Hutt, he grew wheat and cultivated exotic plants, living in constant dread of interference by the Maoris. He was particularly interested in the use of lithography in the illustration of botanical works, and as an artist in water colours made many sketches of the Hutt and Wellington districts during the years 1841-49.

292            HUTT ROAD, 1847 (pencil)

293            SCENE ON HUTT RIVER (pencil)

Lent by the National Art Gallery, Wellington