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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BARRAUD, Charles Decimus 1822–1897

BARRAUD, Charles Decimus 1822–1897

Arrived Wellington 1849 and set up business as a chemist. Probably came from a family interested in the arts: his brother became a stained glass maker in London. Even by 1850 Barraud was spoken of as a painter. In 1852 a Barraud was in Lyttelton advertising an art union of sixty paintings and engravings. Won a silver medal at the NZ Exhibition, Dunedin, 1865, and was a major exhibitor in the Industrial Exhibitions in Wellington in 1881 and 1885, and the NZ & South Seas Exhibition, Dunedin 1889–90. Was one of the founders of the Fine Arts Assoc. and exhibited with them 1883, 1884 and in 1889 was the first President of NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington. For many years he exhibited widely with great popular success. In 1873 visited England where he prepared for publication New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive 1877, some paintings being taken from photographs taken by his friend the painter J. C. Richmond in London at that time. In 1892 exhibited with the Wellington Art Club a painting of the interior of the Otaki Church: this was reproduced as a lithograph. Work was included in the Centennial Ex. Exhibited Centennial Ex., Melbourne 1888–89, and Melbourne International Exn 1880–81. Represented in major New Zealand galleries, and in Hocken.