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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

PAYTON, Edward William 1859–1944

PAYTON, Edward William 1859–1944

Born Warwickshire, England: studied at Municipal School of Art Birmingham under E. R. Taylor, obtaining medals and prizes in national competitions. In about 1882 went to Australia and from Melbourne early in 1883 to New Zealand. Travelled north from Bluff, moving from one centre to another and making excursions sketching around the countryside. From Auckland he visited the hot lakes district, seeing the Pink and White Terraces in the Tara-wera district before he went south again to the cold lakes. His Round About New Zealand pub. 1888 and illustrated by his own sketches is based mainly on his diaries of the first few years but has in one appendix the story of his visit to the Tarawera district two days after the great eruption in 1886 which destroyed the Terraces. He painted the scene and a chromolithograph was made after the painting. He settled in Auckland where a connection of his, Mrs Kate McCosh Clark, was prominent in art circles and her husband a leading Auckland citizen. It is suggested that once Elam School of Art was planned Mrs McCosh Clark persuaded Payton to return to England to qualify as an art instructor at the South Kensington School of Art, to be ready for the position of Principal of the new School. He was the first Principal from 1890 to 1924 when he retired. In his later life he lived in Rotorua. Work reproduced in New Zealand Graphic August 1987. Exhibited from 1887 with ASA, Auckland Industrial and Mining Ex 1898. Work was included in Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented in ACAG, Turnbull, Hocken, Suter.