Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908

Backhouse, J P, 1845-1908

New Zealand artist, born in Ipswich, England. By 1865 he was in the Auckland district and was married on 4 March 1865 at Onehunga to Sarah Elizabeth Philip (b 1847). He served in the Armed Constabulary. He did oil paintings of the thermal region and pencil, wash, and watercolour sketches of the Onehunga area and other parts of Auckland. By the 1890s he was a fulltime artist and sketched scenes of New Zealand and Australia, as well as making studies of birds and insects (some dated ca 1881). Some of the paintings he sold were on shells, or on small postcard-sized board. He was listed in Wises Trades Directory as an artist, 1896-1897, address Newton Road, Auckland. He died in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay on 6 October, 1908. Buried at Wairoa. (See also Una Platts' "Nineteenth century NZ artists" (1980), and Kate McGahey's "Concise dictionary of NZ artists (2000)).

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Date: 1870 - 1889 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908; New Zealand. Department of External Affairs Description: Painting on a shell, showing a carved Maori storehouse on the shores of a lake. Two Maori are sitting near the pataka, one figure is in a canoe in the foregr...
Date: 1873 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: An Australian bird Quantity: 1 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Watercolour 230 x 320 mm
Date: 1873 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: Australian bird Quantity: 1 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Watercolour 229 x 320 mm
Date: 1882 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: Head and shoulders portrait of King Tawhiao, based on a photograph Quantity: 1 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Watercolour and chinese white on paper...
Date: 1870 - 1889 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908; New Zealand. Department of External Affairs Description: Painting on a shell, showing a section of Lake Rotoaira where a boat with a triangular sail oating. There are several Maori figures on the shore in the foreg...
Date: 1871 - 1876 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908; Hamblett, J B (Miss), active 1989 Description: Shows stream, trees and fence. Quantity: 1 drawing(s) loose in sketchbook.. Physical Description: Pencil, 174 x 183 mm (irreg.)
Date: 1870 - 1889 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908; New Zealand. Department of External Affairs Description: Painting on a shell, showing a section of Lake Taupo with a whare in the right foreground, a waka on the water near the shore, and the Central Plateau peaks ...
Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 :[Maori war canoe, Waikato River. ca 1880]
Date: 1880 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: Shows a stretch of river, or a corner of a lake, edged in the foreground by native bush with cabbage trees and tree ferns. A fully manned canoe moves towards...
Date: 1977 - 1871 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: A panoramic view across undulating volcanic hills towards Manukau Harbour. A man in a Scots bonnet stands in the right foreground. A goat stands in the left ...
Date: 1873 By: Backhouse, John Philemon, 1845-1908 Description: An Australian bird Quantity: 1 watercolour(s). Physical Description: Watercolour 230 x 318 mm