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Auckland, from the Verandah of Mr Reader Wood's Cottage

John Kinder1856

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland, from the Verandah of Mr Reader Wood’s Cottage is one of John Kinder’s most renowned paintings. Kinder’s home was just around the corner from his friend Reader Wood’s Gothic-style house in St Stephen’s Avenue, Parnell. Wood was an Auckland architect who had designed his own cottage. The painting shows the tidal estuary framed by the verandah and a cultivated garden overlooking the harbour. This watercolour is a sophisticated depiction of domestic colonial architecture showing the growth already occurring in the young town.

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  • Title: Auckland, from the Verandah of Mr Reader Wood's Cottage
  • Creator: John Kinder
  • Date Created: 1856
  • Subject: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Place Part Of: New Zealand
  • Physical Dimensions: w247 x h290 mm (Without frame)
  • Artist biography: Reverend Dr John Kinder was born in London in 1819 and immigrated to New Zealand in 1855 to work as the headmaster for the Church of England Grammar School in Parnell, Auckland. Over the five decades he lived in New Zealand he travelled extensively painting and photographing the rapid changes taking place in the colony. Kinder produced nearly 1000 paintings, drawings, and photographs during his lifetime, few of which he exhibited in his lifetime.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Harry Kinder, 1937, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: watercolour

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