Kennett Watkins


New Zealand landscape painter Kennett Watkins (1847-1933), son of an Indian Army officer, received his early art training in England and Europe. Arriving in New Zealand in 1873, he was first employed as a photographer, and then taught at a school in Russell, where he married a missionary's daughter. They later moved to Auckland where Watkins taught at several colleges. His work, in both oils and watercolours, reveals a great love of the New Zealand landscape, and some paintings were reproduced later as lithographs. We have a print in stock of a Watkins early NZ landscape painting “Back Country Track”.