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Framing the View

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Level 5, Te Papa

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In which of the colonies is there such diversity of scenery as New Zealand, where there are mountains lofty as the alps of Europe, fiords more impressive than those of Norway, forests statelier than any of the old world, and a volcanic region more weirdly wonderful than the classic one of the Mediterranean.

Catalogue of New Zealand exhibits, Colonial and Indian Exhibition, 1886

New Zealand’s spectacular scenery captivated European artists and photographers who came here in the 1800s. With no works by Old Masters to copy, nature was their training ground.

To perfect their art, these pioneers braved the elements, producing depictions that ranged from untouched worlds to romantic wonderlands and pictures of domestication.

Read more about this work in 'Taking root in New Zealand' by Rebecca Rice in Off the Wall

Selected Works

Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae (NZ) : New Zealand sole

Frank E. Clarke

1875

Pseudolabrus miles (Kelp)

Frank E. Clarke

1876

Kowhai

Sarah A. Featon

1. White rata. 2.Climbing rata. 3.Southern rata.

Sarah A. Featon

1880s

Silver fern, Stokes Valley

William J. Swainson

1847

Scene of Kauri Bush, gumdiggers at work

Charles Blomfield

1892

Tangahoe, Wanganui River

Muir & Moodie studio

circa 1900

Mangapukata, Wanganui River

Muir & Moodie studio

circa 1900

Papakino, Wanganui River

Muir & Moodie studio

circa 1900

Steamer shooting rapids, Wanganui River

Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd

circa 1910

Ngaporo, Wanganui River, New Zealand

Muir & Moodie studio

1904-1915

The House-boat, Wanganui River, New Zealand: moored in a gorge near the junction of the Ohura River

George Rose

circa 1900

Mangapukata, Wanganui River, New Zealand

Muir & Moodie studio

circa 1900

The Drop Scene, Wanganui River

Frank J. Denton

circa 1900

The "Drop Scene" Wanganui River

Frederick George Radcliffe

circa 1900

Toast rack

William Nettleship

circa 1890

Scrimshaw

Unknown

circa 1840

Kororareka in the Bay of Islands

Conrad Martens

1841

Cook Strait, New Zealand

Nicholas Chevalier

circa 1884

Settee

Unknown

circa 1830

Bush scene

Charles Blomfield

1919

Fire screen, made from a whale scapula.

Unknown

circa 1900

Orakei Korako on the Waikato

Charles Blomfield

1885

No title (girl in a bush setting)

Unknown

1882

A Bush Settler’s Home in New Zealand

Samuel Stuart

1884

Landscape with settlers

Messenger Sisters

circa 1857

Scorpaena cardinalis ( Red Scorpion fish)

Frank E. Clarke

1874

Hypoplectrodes semicinctum

Frank E. Clarke

1875

Manuka

Sarah A. Featon

Aka. Rata

Sarah A. Featon

Silver leaved fern, Hutt forest.

William J. Swainson

1847-48

Waimangu Geyser

Arthur James Iles

circa 1900s

Mount Totoko

Burton Brothers studio

circa 1890s

Preservation Inlet, New Zealand

Burton Brothers studio

circa 1898

Limestone, Whangarei

Burton Brothers studio

circa 1898

Distant View of Masterton, Wairarapa, from the Opaki Plains, N.Z. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa.

James Bragge

mid 1870s

Waipoua River and Bannisters Farm, Opaki Plains, Wairarapa, NZ. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa.

James Bragge

mid 1870s

Vase

Leonard Bentley

1891-1902

White Terraces

Charles Blomfield

1882

The Terraces

Charles Blomfield

1885

Table centrepiece, in the form of a Mamaku (tree fern)

Frank Grady

circa 1890

Early Spring; or, A Narrow of the Waikato River

Kennett Watkins

1881

Writing Bureau

Anton Seuffert

circa 1875

Ewer and goblet set

B Petersen and Co

1874

At Rotorua

Girolamo P. Nerli

circa 1897

Evans Bay

James M. Nairn

1893

In Quarantine, Wellington

Tom W. Roberts

1900

Wellington Harbour from Muritai

Edward Friström

circa 1910

Mountain Stream, Otira Gorge

Petrus van der Velden

circa 1893

Tree study

Petrus van der Velden

circa 1893-98

Otira Gorge

Petrus van der Velden

circa 1893

Mount De La Beche from the Tasman Glacier

Burton Brothers studio

1893

Lake Ada - Milford Sound

Burton Brothers studio

1887

Kakahi Fall near Tawhata - Wanganui (sic) River

Burton Brothers studio

1885

Pink Terrace

Burton Brothers studio

1885

White Terrace from the top

Burton Brothers studio

1885

Looking down the Mungaroa [Mangaroa] River, Wellington and Masterton Road, NZ. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa

James Bragge

mid 1870s

No. 1 Bridge, Abbotts Creek, Remutaka [Rimutaka] Hill, near Featherston, Wairarapa, NZ. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa

James Bragge

mid 1870s

Bottom of the Mungaroa [Mangaroa] Hill NZ, looking down towards Wellington. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa.

James Bragge

mid 1870s

Township of Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand. From the album: New Zealand scenery: Wellington to the Wairarapa

James Bragge

mid 1870s

Other Exhibitions
Tä Moko panel

Kanohi Kitea | Maori & Pacific Encounters

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Scene of Kauri Bush, gumdiggers at work

Framing the View

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Figures in landscape

Emblems of Identity

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Charger

Being Modern

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Rythme/3.

Collecting Modern

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Te Pakanga Series XXIII

Te Ao Hou | Modern Maori Art

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Boy I am Scarred eh

Peter Robinson: Retorts & comebacks

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

The dinner party

Framing the Museum

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

"Un Grime" Musique de Ravel (An Actor)

Natalia Goncharova: A visual radical

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Daylight flotsam Venice

Bill Culbert in Venice

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Martha Graham - 'Ekstasis'

Anonymous Bodies

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

I was born in the Pacific Equinox

Contemporary Pacific Art

Nov 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Knowledge on a beam of starlight (panel 1)

Kerry Ann Lee: Knowledge on a beam of starlight

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

A grain of wheat

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014)

19 Oct 2014 - 23 Nov 2014

The giant stride

Speed and Colour: British linocuts of the 1930s

01 Feb 2014 - 15 Jun 2014

Land List

Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from New Zealand

21 Sep 2013 - 25 May 2014

The marriage at Cana

Winifred Knights: The Marriage at Cana

12 May 2014 - 20 Jul 2014

The living room (The 'great living room' with open timber roof. The dining room to left. The great table 5' 6 x 9' with top cut from a single rimu log originally 6' through. The bay window looks across the Bight to Egmont in the distance - A view seldom equalled)

Letting Us In

18 Jan 2014 - 20 Jul 2014

Marken funeral barge

Petrus van der Velden: Art of two halves

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

This is the Trekka

Michael Stevenson: This is the Trekka

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Poster for 'James K. Baxter Festival 1973: Four Plays'

Walk with Me

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Bangle

Bone Stone Shell

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Autumn mist

Art of the 20th Century

29 Mar 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Light Fall

Bill Culbert's Light Fall

22 Aug 2014 - 19 Oct 2014

Lake Matheson, Westland

Brian Brake: Lens on the World

14 Dec 2011 - 20 Jul 2014

Te Papa poster no. 22

Artist Project: Andrew McLeod

29 Mar 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Shi Lu Painting a lotus flower

Shi Lu: A revolution in paint

21 Mar 2014 - 22 Jun 2014

Water lilies in painted pond. From the series: Lower Hutt: two public places

Slight Arrangements

04 Feb 2014 - 12 May 2014

Atua #4

Darryn George: Maori abstraction

Dec 2013 - 03 Feb 2014

Untitled (Textile design no III)

Frances Hodgkins: Textile designs

19 Oct 2013 - 16 Jan 2014

Reading on the Rocks, Grand Manan

Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America

13 Jul 2013 - 12 Jan 2014

The girl with flaxen hair

Figures in Light

19 Oct 2013 - 02 Dec 2013

Chester Karnofsky

Warhol Aotearoa

06 Aug 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Blue and green Pacific

Kainga, Whenua, Moana | Home, Land, & Sea

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Orange on black

Black Rainbow: Ralph Hotere & Michael Parekowhai

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Tawa

Gordon Walters

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Life at Yuwa Dreaming

Gifted: Aboriginal art 1971–2011

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Shadow, New York City. From the portfolio: 15 Photographs by Lee Friedlander

On Looking: International photographs

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Warhol: Immortal banner image

Warhol: Immortal

01 Jun 2013 - 25 Aug 2013

Churchward Design Bold Print Negative

Joseph Churchward

31 May 2013 - 05 Aug 2013

Emerey Weschlette

Yvonne Todd

29 Mar 2013 - 30 May 2013

Bill Culbert, <EM>Daylight flotsam Venice</EM> and <EM>Level</EM>, photograph by Jennifer French, 2013

New Zealand at Venice 2013: Front Door Out Back

29 May 2013 - 24 Nov 2013