Story: Butler, Samuel

Self portrait in oils by Samuel Butler

Self portrait in oils by Samuel Butler

Though self-conscious about his short and swarthy physical appearance, Samuel Butler painted several self portraits including this one, said to date from 1866, several years after his sudden departure from New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-546
Oil Painting by Samuel Butler

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How to cite this page:

Roger Robinson. 'Butler, Samuel', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)