John Fields

Portrait Head, Courthouse, Waterloo Quadrant

Portrait Head, Courthouse, Waterloo Quadrant by John Fields

Artwork Detail

The dramatic lighting and tight frame of this photograph, featuring just a detail of the courthouse, create an immensely successful image. Viewed in isolation one becomes much more aware of the individual architectural elements of the building: its planes and angles, the fine detailing of the column and portrait head and the varying textures of the materials.

The carving on the courthouse was the work of the young German engraver Anton Teutenberg. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Lord Chief Justice Campbell are among the figures whose portraits were carved for the building.

(Victorian Auckland, 2004)

Portrait Head, Courthouse, Waterloo Quadrant
John Fields
Production date
circa 1971-circa 1972
black and white photograph
220 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of John Stacpoole and John Fields, 1983
Accession no
Other ID
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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