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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BRANFILL, Col Benjamin Aylett 1828–1899

BRANFILL, Col Benjamin Aylett 1828–1899

Lieut Col in the 10th Hussars and formerly Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General in Ireland: Squire of Upminster Hall, Sussex. Arrived Nelson in the 1880s and lived in Brook Valley: was instructor and critic to the Bishopdale Sketching Club, now the Nelson Suter Art Society, and did much for art in Nelson. Was one of the early trustees of the Suter Art Gallery. Listed as Nelson artist 1896–99, Wise's. Exhibited with Fine Arts Assoc. Wtn 1883, 1884, with NZ Academy of Fine Arts Wtn 1890–97, and NZ Industrial Ex. Wtn 1885. Represented in Suter.