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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

KINDER, Rev. John 1819–1903

KINDER, Rev. John 1819–1903

Born London, attended Cheam School, Surrey. Assisted at a school run by his mother in Bristol, and studied art there under Aaron Penley. Was interested in ecclesiastical architecture after a visit to Europe with his father 1837 and later joined the Camden Society. Educated Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Wrangler 1842, MA 1845; read for the bar at Lincoln's Inn 1843. Was a follower of the Christian Socialist F. D. Maurice, was ordained curate to work in the East End of London, but soon was Headmaster of Alleyne's Grammar School, Uttoxeter: ordained priest in 1849. When Bishop Selwyn was in England in 1854 he chose Kinder to be Master of a newly formed Church of England Grammar School in Auckland. Kinder arrived Auckland 1855; by 1863 painter J. C. Hoyte was assistant master. Probably through Hoyte's influence Kinder was one of the artists who planned the Society of Artists in 1869; he exhibited with them only in 1st and 2nd Exhibitions 1871 and 1873. In 1873 appointed Master of St John's College on the outskirts of Auckland. Had no further connection with any art societies but continued to paint: was a keen early photographer and sometimes used photographs as well as sketches as a preliminary to finished paintings. Work included in Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. A large collection of his work is held at ACAG, other collections in Hocken, NAG and Turnbull, represented in McDougall and Waikato Art Gallery.