A Fluid Art: Watercolours 1778–1900Waiwaiā: Ngā Peita Waikano 1778–1900

This exhibition shows a selection from the 339 works gifted to the National Art Gallery (now Te Papa) by Archdeacon Francis Henry Dumville Smythe (1873–1966) in 1957.


He wāhi tēnei whakaaturanga o ngā mahi toi, e 339 te nui, i tākohangia ki te National Art Gallery (arā, ko Te Papa ināianei) e Ātirīkona Francis Henry Dumville Smythe (1873–1966) i te tau 1957.

When | Āhea

18 Mar – 10 Sep 2022

Where | Ki hea

Toi Art, Level 5

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


10 mins

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Watercolour was wildly popular among British artists from the 1750s onwards. Capable of a variety of effects, it was used by innovative and traditional painters alike.

The works here showcase the versatility of watercolour. Collected by English clergyman Francis Smythe in the early 1900s, they reveal his wide-ranging taste – from the sentimental to the experimental, the amateur to the professional.

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