Louis John Steele

Portrait of Sir John Logan Campbell

Portrait of Sir John Logan Campbell by Louis John Steele

Artwork Detail

Often referred to as the ‘Father of Auckland’, John Logan Campbell was a Scottish doctor with sound business acumen who came to New Zealand in 1840 to make his fortune. Establishing himself as a merchant, he achieved financial success, political recognition and a reputation as a city benefactor - it was on his initiative that Auckland’s earliest public art school, now Elam School of Fine Arts, was founded in 1879. Campbell also bequeathed his One Tree Hill estate (Cornwall Park) to the city. He was 92 at the time this portrait was painted and died two years later in 1912. (Chic Colonials: Ataahua, 2003)

Portrait of Sir John Logan Campbell
Louis John Steele
Production date
oil on canvas
1200 x 925 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Auckland Picture Purchase Fund, 1910
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No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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