This period is represented by large collections of works by a diverse group of artists including Maori and military subjects by Horatio Gordon Robley, T J Grant, and W F Gordon; landscape and early settlement works by Nicholas Chevalier, William Swainson, John Gully, and J C Richmond; and New Zealand flora and fauna by John Buchanan, Sarah Featon, and F E Clarke.
The work of turn-of-the-century artist Petrus van der Velden is extensively represented by drawings and sketchbooks. Artists of the first half of the century are well represented. These artists include Raymond McIntyre, Jenny Campbell, Roland Hipkins, Mina Arndt, James Nairn, Dorothy Kate Richmond, Christopher Perkins, and John Weeks.
More recent acquisitions include major works by John Pule, Tony Schuster, and William Dunning.
Highlights of this collection include substantial representation of the works of Rita Angus, Frances Hodgkins, Colin McCahon, Sir Tosswill Woollaston, and John Pule.
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