- Watercolour wash
- Purchased with assistance from the Olive Stirrat Bequest, 1984
- 160 x 230mm
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The 20 metre high Rainbow Falls are a few kilometres from Keri Keri, in the Bay of Islands. A keen amateur watercolourist and photographer, John Kinder visited the area in 1858. Keri Keri Falls was taken from one of his sketchbooks in 1984. Very little of the wildness of the New Zealand landscape comes out in Kinder’s work as, like most 19th century landscape artists, he tended to emphasise the lyrical and rhythmic qualities of the forms, seeing these as suitable as subjects for a work of art. Kinder was born in London and developed an interest in painting as a young man. He studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1848 was ordained an Anglican Minister. Kinder became Headmaster of the Church of England Grammar School in Auckland in 1855. He subsequently travelled widely throughout New Zealand. In 1870 Kinder was a founding member of the Society of Artists in Auckland and he exhibited in the Society’s first exhibition in 1871.