Alfred Burton

Auckland Free Library

Auckland Free Library by Alfred Burton

Artwork Detail

Historic photographs reveal that paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and Māori taonga were all exhibited within the Gallery’s walls. The collections of benefactors James Mackelvie and Sir George Grey formed the nucleus of an institution

intended to educate and inspire Auckland’s population. Elam School of Fine Arts held classes in the Gallery until 1915, and Auckland’s public library occupied the Grey Gallery until 1971.

At the official opening in February 1888, governor Sir William Jervois remarked ‘I look forward to the day when this building will be too small for the Auckland Gallery of Art and the gifts of Sir George Grey and other generous people who have helped to form it’. He did not have to wait long: the first addition opened in 1893.

Auckland Free Library
Alfred Burton
Production date
black and white photograph (modern print from original negative)
165 x 215 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1973
Accession no
Other ID
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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