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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

FITZHERBERT, Herbert G. c.1875–1943

FITZHERBERT, Herbert G. c.1875–1943

Born at “Marsden” Lower Hutt, Wellington, eldest son of Alfred William Fitzherbert: educated locally and at Wanganui Collegiate in 1892. For a time he worked with an architect. His father had a studio built for him in the garden at “Marsden” and he painted with Nairn's group at Pumpkin Cottage, Silverstream, and exhibited with NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1897–1910. He painted in oils and water-colours and did caricatures in watercolours as well as in traditional black and white. Had one man shows in Wellington. In about 1911, some years after his father's death, the family moved to England and he studied at the Slade School of Art, London. He married an Englishwoman and lived at St Ives at the time it was a centre for artists. During the 1914–18 war he was a captain in the British army and won an M.C. After the war he worked as a professional artist, contributed to Punch and published two books of caricatures. He suffered from asthma. This perhaps decided him to settle in Exmouth, where he showed himself a keen sportsman: played cricket, golf, rode to hounds and for some years was Master of Hounds. He visited a sister in South America and then later, in 1933 went out to South Africa, probably because of his health. He painted in both countries. He was usually known as Fitz, and signed his cartoons thus. He died in Johannesburg.