Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
HUDDLESTONE, Fortescue Francis Croft d.1922
Born in Brittany and went to school there. His parents were for ten years in Canada: came to New Zealand ahead of their son and when he arrived from England on the China he was said to have been greeted by his father's friends, Te Rauparaha and Tamihana. Finished his education at Nelson College 1863–64. A “Lieut. F. Huddlestone” was in the Nelson Regiment in 1861. An “F. C. Huddlestone” was listed as a Hawera artist in 1896–97 Wise's. He was Art Master of Nelson College 1898–1918 and was a member of the Bishopdale Sketching Club, later Nelson Suter Art Society. He was keenly interested in natural history, he tamed keas, and was very practical in all sorts of ways. Was said to have chosen the site for the first building of the Hermitage at Mount Cook, and was the first manager, 1884–94. The venture was not a success, the government taking over in 1895. Exhibited: OAS 1876 (as F. Huddlestone) and 1878–86; ASA 1882–88 and 1905; CSA 1905. Represented: Suter, Hocken, and Timaru Art Gallery.