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Self portrait
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W. Menzies Gibb - Contemplation

Contemplation by Menzies Gibb, oil on canvas
NZD $3,520.00
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  • Contemplation, William Menzies Gibb (1859-1931)

    A wonderful oil on canvas painting by Canterbury artist W Menzies Gibb. We are 99% certain this painting is a self portrait of the artist however it is known as Contemplation (Portrait of Old Man).
    The condition of the painting and frame are great.
    Frame: 55 x 49cm
    Visible painting: 33.5 x 28.5cm
  • Reference

    GIBB, William Menzies 1859-1931

    The son of John Gibb, William was born in Scotland 1859, arriving in New Zealand with his parents in 1876. His first art lessons were from his father and in later years he studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne where he exhibited. From 1892 until his death in 1931 he was a council member of the Canterbury Society of Arts. A well known landscape painter he is represented widely throughout New Zealand.

    Sale record of this painting:

    Sold at John Cordy Ltd 1969, $150.
    Other paintings recorded as sold during this period sold from $17-80 demonstrating this painting as the highest selling W.M.Gibb painting of its time. (ref: Newrick's New Zealand Art Auction Records)

    Artist files held at:

    • Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
    • Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland
    • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

    Exhibited with:

    • Auckland Society of Arts
    • Canterbury Society of Arts
    • New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
    • Otago Art Society
    • Sydney International Exhibition 1879
    • Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
    • Colonial and Indian exhibition, London, 1886
    • Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
    • New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, Dunedin 1889-90
    • New Zealand International Exhibition 1906
    • British Empire Exhibition, London, 1924
    • New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, Dunedin, 1925-6

    Published reference sources:

    • Landscape Paintings of New Zealand
    • New Zealand Art: A Centennial Exhibition
    • Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide and Handbook

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