“Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

While working on a research request I came across this advertisement for drawing, painting and sketching lessons at St John’s College to be taught by Wilhelm Dittmer. This piece of ephemera is held in our ‘St John’s School and King’s College’ collection of papers. Herr Dittmer was a German-born artist who had arrived New Zealand … More “Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

Book of Hours

The John Kinder Theological Library rare books collection holds a Book of Hours, on behalf of the Methodist Trinity College. This was originally donated to the college by the New Zealand publisher, A. H. Reed. This beautiful item was exhibited at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne in 2008 for an exhibition on illuminated manuscripts … More Book of Hours

The Landing of Samuel Marsden at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 by Captain M. T. Clayton

Currently on display at the John Kinder Theological Library is a painting by Captain Matthew Thomas Clayton, depicting Samuel Marsden’s landing at the Bay of Islands to preach a Christmas Day sermon in 1814. An article in the December 1914 issue of Church Gazette states that “[…] a few months before his death, Archdeacon Walsh … More The Landing of Samuel Marsden at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 by Captain M. T. Clayton

PrimitIve Methodists, W.H.Y. Titcomb [MET 64/2/2]

Recently accessioned in the Methodist Archive at the Library is this print of W.H.Y.Titcomb’s acclaimed work, Primitive Methodists. Titcomb, a figurative oil painter, was particularly known for his depictions of Cornish fisherfolk. His painting, the full title of which is Primitive Methodists at Prayer, was first displayed at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery in … More PrimitIve Methodists, W.H.Y. Titcomb [MET 64/2/2]

Water colour of early St John’s College building

This watercolour of the original Selwyn stone building is signed F.B. Good, Nov 3rd 1877. Fanny Bertha Good who this is presumed to be, is better known as a botanical artist.  It is probable that she painted the scene during a visit to the College on that date. (Archives ref KIN194). The Warden of the time … More Water colour of early St John’s College building