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Up Front gallery, Level 5Previous Exhibition
In 1850, William Strutt, an English, academy-trained painter, turned his back on the ‘glories of art’ to emigrate to the colonies. The following year, aspiring English artist James Crowe Richmond sought a fresh start in New Zealand along with his family.
Both men were briefly pioneers in Taranaki – a rugged region fraught with conflict between Māori and Europeans. These art works give us a settler’s sense of the mood of that time.
This exhibition showcases one of Te Papa’s latest acquisitions – Strutt’s colonial masterpiece View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki.