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Property of a Gentleman: Sir George Grey’s Paintings

Property of a Gentleman: Sir George Grey’s Paintings

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  • Sat 28 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 29 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 30 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 31 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 1 Feb ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

On 17 February 1888, the Auckland Art Gallery officially opened with a display of European and local paintings gifted by soldier, explorer, collector and twice governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey.

Almost a century and a quarter later, continue to benefit from Grey's generosity by exploring this selection of paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Focusing on the highlights of Grey's collection, Property of a Gentleman turns the spotlight on the purchases he made at one sale at Christies in 1869. It features the key painting he set out to buy - Caspar Netscher's Girl Arranging Flowers, a graceful, elegant portrait in the French style fashionable in the 1600s and a family heirloom beloved by Grey's mother.

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Caspar Netscher, Girl Arranging Flowers, 1683.
Oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gift of Sir George Grey, 1883.

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