ILOTT, Sir John Moody Albert
Company director and art collector.
John Ilott was born at Te Aroha on 12 August 1884 and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington. Since 1903 he has been employed by J. Ilott Ltd., of which he is now chairman of directors. In addition he holds similar positions in National Mutual Life Association (Australasia) Ltd., Golden Bay Cement Co., Ltd., Tarakohe Shipping Co. Ltd., Alex. Cowan and Sons (New Zealand) Ltd., J. Ilott (Australia) Proprietary Ltd., A. S. Paterson and Co. Ltd., and McKenzie's (New Zealand) Ltd. He is a director of many other companies. Throughout his life John Ilott has played an active part in many local, cultural, and charitable organisations and has held various offices in many organisations, such as Heritage, the Boy Scouts Association, New Zealand Crippled Children's Society, and Friends of Turnbull Library. He was knighted in 1954.
In 1952 Sir John Ilott presented his collection of etchings and engravings by old and modern masters to the National Art Gallery. Each year since then Sir John has made further gifts of etchings to enhance the collection which now numbers nearly 400 prints. There are 29 etchings by Rembrandt, 12 engravings by Durer, 12 by Whistler, and prints by Hollar, Teniers, Goya, Meryon, Forain, Daumier, John, Bone, Brockhurst, Sickert, Renoir, Pisarro, Vlaminck, Matisse, and many others. Sir Lionel Lindsay is represented by 24 etchings and drypoints. In 1962 Sir John was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum.