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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

CONNELLY, P. Frank (Pierce Francis) c.1840

CONNELLY, P. Frank (Pierce Francis) c.1840

Born USA, son of Rev. Price Connelly: educated at Marlborough College, England: intended army engineer but turned to art. Studied Académic des Beaux Arts, Paris, in Germany and in Italy where family settled in Florence. Developed a major interest in sculpture. In 1864 met Aucklander John Logan Campbell who became patron. Revisited England, exhibited RA 1871 work including busts of members of Royal Family. In 1876 to USA where exhibited Philadelphia. Early 1877 to Auckland to stay with Campbell; exhibited ASA sculpture and painting: 1877–78 to Taupo region where climbed Mt Tongariro regarded as tapu by Maoris who seized everything he had including horse and sketchbook. In 1878 on Campbell's advice went to Sydney where he entered and won sculpture competition for Mort Memorial. Returned to Europe end 1878 via Melbourne, Bombay and Egypt. In Tuscany in 1880s and 90s, married to an Italian. Made posthumous portraits, sculpture page 72 and painting, of Campbell's daughter Ida. Was in touch with Campbell in 1902; probably died in same decade.