NZ painter Alfred Sharpe (fl.1830-1912) trained as an architect and was a highly competent watercolour painter. He arrived in New Zealand around 1859, and worked and lived in the Auckland area; by 1879 he was exhibiting and selling his paintings through the Society of Artists. After the death of his wife in 1888 he moved to Australia to live with a brother, but continued to paint New Zealand scenes from memory as well as painting Australian views.
Sharpe (who sometimes signed his work without the terminal 'e') is believed to have been a deaf mute, who communicated in sign language. Prints of Sharpe’s paintings were published by NZ fine art publisher the Capper Press a number of years ago - we have two titles in stock.