Edwyn Temple

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1835, d.1920

Haumuri Bluff from the south

  • 1892
  • Watercolour
  • Gifted to the gallery by Mr N Barker, 1999
  • 295 x 470 x 15mm
  • 99/56
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Haumuri Bluff is the rocky headland found between the mouth of the Conway River and Oaro on the Kaikoura coastline of the South Island. Edwyn Temple and a companion travelled by buggy to the area in January 1892 and stayed there for four days, making daily trips out along the Bridle track. The sketches Temple made at this time were later worked into a number of watercolours. He was concerned to give a realistic and accurate portrayal of the scene. Though largely self-taught, Temple would also have had painting and drawing tuition during his education in England and Italy and during his military training. Born in England, Temple served in the British Army's 55th Regiment in Crimea and in India. He and his family travelled to New Zealand in 1879 and, in 1880, he was a founding member of the Canterbury Society of Arts. Temple made many sketching trips throughout the South Island during the 1880s and 1890s.