- Presented by Mrs A E Haynes and Mr G N H Hill, Christchurch, 1975
- 705 x 990 x 40mm
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John Hoyte was the drawing master at Auckland Grammar School and between 1871 and 1873 spent his holidays travelling round Auckland and the Bay of Islands. By the time he painted this work he had established himself as a significant New Zealand artist. The Bay of Islands is painted in the romantic realist style. Hoyte was particularly fond of using a strong lapis blue for his shadows and this characteristic shade can be seen in the shadows of the far peninsulas. Hoyte was born in Britain and received his art training there. From around 1855 he lived in the West Indies but left there for England and then New Zealand in 1860. Hoyte helped to organize the first exhibition of the Society of Artists in Auckland in 1871. He moved to Dunedin in 1876 to paint full-time but left there three years later for Australia. Hoyte was the first president of the Art Society of New South Wales.