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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

THOMSON, John Turnbull 1821–1884

THOMSON, John Turnbull 1821–1884

Trained as civil engineer in England. After some years in Malaya (lithographs were made of his Singapore paintings) he came to Auckland 1856. Toured the country before settling in Dunedin as chief surveyor for Otago; twenty years later moved to Wellington as Surveyor-General for New Zealand. While in Otago did a great deal of exploratory work, making paintings and drawings to illustrate his field books. Exhibited many large landscapes in oil at NZ Ex Dunedin 1865 and exhibited Sydney Ex 1879. Said to have been on the committee of the newly formed OAS 1876 but is not shown as exhibiting with them until 1880. Retired 1879, died in Invercargill. Exhibited Melbourne International Ex 1880–81 as an Invercargill artist. Represented: OESA, Hocken.