The Kelliher Art Prize was founded and financed by Auckland brewery magnate Sir Henry Kelliher to reflect his traditional taste in landscape painting. This 1957 photo shows the judges for the prize's second year – landscape painter Robert Johnson (left) and National Art Gallery director Stewart McLennan. Entries for the £500 prize were required to be in oils, measure at least seven-and-a-half square feet, and depict 'the visible aspects of New Zealand’s landscape and coastal scenes in a realistic and traditional way'. The quality of entries attracted severe criticism from progressive quarters, and the prize was last awarded in 1970.
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