Framing the View

29 Mar 2013 -

Level 5, Te Papa

Reopens 22 August 2014


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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

Waimangu Geyser

Arthur James Iles

circa 1900s

Mount Totoko

Burton Brothers

circa 1890s

Preservation Inlet, New Zealand

Burton Brothers

circa 1898

Limestone, Whangarei

Burton Brothers

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

Kororareka in the Bay of Islands

Conrad Martens

1841

Vase

Leonard Bentley

1891-1902

Bush scene

Charles Blomfield

1919

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

No title (girl in a bush setting)

Unknown

1882

Ewer and goblet set

B Petersen and Co

1874

A Bush Settler’s Home in New Zealand

Samuel Stuart

1884

Landscape with settlers

Messenger Sisters

circa 1857

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

Cook Strait, New Zealand

Nicholas Chevalier

circa 1884

Mount De La Beche from the Tasman Glacier

Burton Brothers

1893

Lake Ada - Milford Sound

Burton Brothers

1887

Kakahi Fall near Tawhata - Wanganui (sic) River

Burton Brothers

1885

Pink Terrace

Burton Brothers

1885

White Terrace from the top

Burton Brothers

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