Story: Rural mythologies

‘An English landscape’

‘An English landscape’

This oil painting by Henry Milbourne was in a style created in the early 19th century by English painters such as John Constable. Reacting against the spread of large industrial cities, this Romantic school of painting idealised the soft beauty of pastoral England. Early travellers and immigrants to New Zealand hoped to recreate such scenes in the new world.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil on canvas by Henry Milbourne

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - First traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008