Charles Frederick (C.F.) Goldie


Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947), born in Auckland, was already winning art prizes at the age of 15. He studied in Paris before returning to New Zealand in 1898.

He is best known for his meticulous portraits of Maori, despite also painting Europeans and Biblical scenes. Goldie thought he was capturing for posterity the Maori then seen as "a dying race". For descendants of the sitters his portraits are today taonga (treasures).

Please don't use Goldie's portraits of Maori to decorate bathrooms or kitchens . To associate Maori portraiture with cooking or washing is culturally inappropriate - in the same way that using your national flag as a doormat would be offensive to many people.