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date: 15 December 2019

Gully, Johnlocked

(b Bath, bapt March 21, 1819; d Nelson, NZ, Nov 1, 1888).
  • Roger Blackley

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(b Bath, bapt March 21, 1819; d Nelson, NZ, Nov 1, 1888).

New Zealand painter of English birth. He arrived in New Plymouth in 1852, first working as a shopkeeper, teaching privately and advertising for commissions. On the outbreak of the Taranaki land wars, Gully moved to Nelson where he again struggled to establish himself as an artist and art teacher, eventually finding full-time work as a draughtsman in the provincial Survey Office. Specializing in lake and mountain views in the style of J. M. W. Turner (e.g. In the Southern Alps, 1881; Wellington, Mus. NZ, Te Papa Tongarewa), and frequently working on a very grand scale, Gully exhibited regularly in New Zealand and Australia, and in Europe. A portfolio of chromolithographs based on his watercolours, New Zealand Scenery, was published in London in 1877. The vast number of works he exhibited, and the high prices he asked for them, indicate that Gully was one of the more successful New Zealand artists of the period....

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