Gottfried Lindauer

b.1839, d.1926

Ana Reupene Whetuki and Child

  • Presented by the family of Mr and Mrs B Ballin, 1936
  • Oil on canvas
  • 1025 x 885 x 90mm
  • 69/93
  • 1880

Ana Reupene Whetuki from the Ngāti Maru iwi (tribe) was well- known in the Thames goldfields district in the Coromandel. She lived at Manaia, where her descendants still live today. Also known as Heeni Hirini and Ana Rupene, she was married to Reupene Whetuki, a Ngāti Maru rangatira (chief) who in 1881 was also listed as a gold miner and shareholder in ‘The Maori Win Gold Mining Company’. Gottfried Lindauer is known to have painted at least twelve versions of this portrait between 1878 and 1920. These were based on the photographic studio portrait by the Foy Brothers of Thames, which is also in this exhibition. Lindauer had first visited Thames in 1874 shortly after arriving in New Zealand from Bohemia (present day Czech Republic).

(He Waka Eke Noa, 18 February 2017 – 18 February 2018)

earlier labels about this work
  • Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016

    Ana Reupene Whetuki was a well-known face in the 1870s Coromandel goldfield town of Thames, and has many descendants. Gottfried Lindauer's portrait is based on a photograph by the Foy Brothers of Thames. Lindauer visited Thames not long after his arrival in New Zealand from Bohemia (present day Czech Republic) in 1874.

    This 1880 portrait was given to the city's new gallery in 1936 by the family of the Jewish, German-born Bernhard H Ballin (1848-1931) and his wife Clara. Ballin and two brothers were cordial manufacturers in Thames from 1872 until 1878, when he relocated to Christchurch to establish his aerated water company.

  • Belonging to Ngati Maru of the Hauraki District, Ana Reupene Whetuki is said to have been a well-known identity in the goldfield town of Thames in the 1870s. Painted in a highly realistic manner, this portrait is one of several by Gottfried Lindauer known to have been based on photographs by the Foy Brothers of Thames. Because of its popularity, Lindauer is said to have painted at least 30 versions of this portrait between 1878 and 1920. Born in West Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), in 1855 Lindauer travelled to Vienna to study painting and in 1864 returned to his hometown of Pilsen, establishing his own studio. Lindauer arrived in New Zealand in 1874. The following year he moved to Auckland. The ‘Colonial and Indian Exhibition’ in London, in 1886, included 12 of Lindauer’s works. (Label date unknown)