A Tale to Tell: Narrative Paintings from the Collection

A Tale to Tell: Narrative Paintings from the Collection

Exhibition Details

Following the popular Love and Death: Art in the age of Queen Victoria exhibition in 2003, the Gallery is highlighting its own Victorian collection in A Tale to Tell.

Long after Victorian art went out of fashion in England it remained popular in the colonies. As social commentary it may well have reflected idealised memories of a society that had been left behind by immigrants to new lands.

While 19th century painters loved to depict a moment in a narrative drawn from history, literature or the society of their own time, equally the overriding themes of yearning and desire underlying so many of these images speak of a social need for an aesthetic experience that exists beyond the familiar world of everyday life.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Main Gallery
Cost
Free entry

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The Day of Sedgemoor
The Day of Sedgemoor

Edgar Bundy

Production date
circa 1907
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1511 x 1511 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1921
Accession no
M1921/1/7
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For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven
For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Frank Bramley

On display

Production date
1891
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2166 x 2872 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1913
Accession no
M1913/1
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The First Commission: Sir Thos. Lawrence, President of the R.A., as a Boy
The First Commission: Sir Thos. Lawrence, President of the R.A., as a Boy

Margaret Dicksee

Production date
circa 1901
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
914 x 1295 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/40
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Memories
Memories

John Godward

Production date
1892
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1276 x 870 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the late James H Coleman, 1929
Accession no
1929/2/4
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The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand
The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand

Louis John Steele Charles F Goldie

Production date
1898
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1758 x 2825 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the late George and Helen Boyd, 1899
Accession no
1899/2/2
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The Finding of Moses
The Finding of Moses

Frederick Goodall

On display

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2438 x 1829 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/55
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The Spirit of the Summit
The Spirit of the Summit

Frederic Leighton

On display

Production date
1894
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2291 x 1319 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1926
Accession no
1926/4
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Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind
Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

John Everett Millais

On display

Production date
1892
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1270 x 1740 x 83 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1933
Accession no
1933/1/3
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Still on Top
Still on Top

James Tissot

Production date
circa 1873
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
876 x 533 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Viscount Leverhulme, 1921
Accession no
1921/2
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Lamia
Lamia

John Waterhouse

On display

Production date
1905
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1447 x 902 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1930
Accession no
1930/18/1
Lamia

John Waterhouse

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Egyptians 3,000 years ago
Egyptians 3,000 years ago

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Production date
1863
Medium
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
995 x 1250 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1921
Accession no
M1921/1/3
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Hercules resting
Hercules resting

Unknown artist

Production date
Unknown
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
580 x 360 x 190 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/192
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Farnese Hercules
Farnese Hercules

Unknown artist

Production date
circa 1830
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
736 x 330 x 260 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/174
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The Spirit of Justice
The Spirit of Justice

Daniel Maclise

Production date
1850
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2591 x 1524 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1881
Accession no
M1881/1/1
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Melittion
Melittion

Frederic Leighton

Production date
1882
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1219 x 914 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1927
Accession no
1927/2/1
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The Catapult
The Catapult

William Reid Dick

Production date
1911
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
676 x 410 x 268 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1926
Accession no
1926/2/3
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Youth
Youth

Harold Youngman

Production date
Unknown
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
750 x 290 x 306 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1926
Accession no
1926/2/2
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Pope Makes Love To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Pope Makes Love To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

William Frith

Production date
1852
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1180 x 942 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir Frank Mappin, 1974
Accession no
1974/59
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In Time of Peril
In Time of Peril

Edmund Blair Leighton

Production date
1897
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1245 x 1689 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/81
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On display

Legend of Sir Patrick Spens
Legend of Sir Patrick Spens

James Archer

On display

Production date
1870
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1156 x 2089 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/6
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Cleopatra
Cleopatra

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

On display

Production date
Oct 1877
Medium
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
445 x 460 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1916
Accession no
MU/5
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The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat
The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat

John Weguelin

On display

Production date
1886
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
994 x 1425 x 85 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/147
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Fishing
Fishing

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Production date
1875
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
252 x 458 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr F J Nettlefold, 1948
Accession no
1948/14/2
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After the Earthquake
After the Earthquake

Sophie Anderson

Production date
1884
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
819 x 1384 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Viscount Leverhulme, 1924
Accession no
1924/5/6
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Highland Shepherd
Highland Shepherd

Richard Ansdell

Production date
1864
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
835 x 1951 x 66 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Mr William Elliot, 1941
Accession no
1941/3/3
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Blind Beggar of Assisi
Blind Beggar of Assisi

Edward Armitage

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
473 x 373 x 50 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/75
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The Poet Chatterton
The Poet Chatterton

John Joseph Barker

Production date
1860
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
355 x 457 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir George Grey 1887
Accession no
1887/1/3
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The May Weed
The May Weed

William Bartlett

Production date
1895
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
748 x 1222 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/15
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Asleep
Asleep

Samuel Melton Fisher

Production date
1902
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
560 x 785 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/47
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A Sketch: The Proposal
A Sketch: The Proposal

William Frith

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
489 x 489 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/81
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Afternoon Coffee, Venice
Afternoon Coffee, Venice

Cecil van Haanen

Production date
1883
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1555 x 1225 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/143
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Grace
Grace

John Everett Millais

Production date
1891
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1422 x 889 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1925
Accession no
M1925/1
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Sweethearts and Wives
Sweethearts and Wives

Philip Morris

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1245 x 2006 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/102
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Androcles and the Lion
Androcles and the Lion

Briton Riviere

Production date
1908
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1320 x 1100 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1915
Accession no
1915/3
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A Sabine Woman
A Sabine Woman

Alexander Roche

Production date
circa 1894
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
724 x 620 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/126
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Female Head in Profile
Female Head in Profile

Dante Rossetti

Production date
circa 1850-1860?
Medium
red chalk
Size (h x w)
394 x 302 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1956
Accession no
1956/2/13
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Married
Married

Walter Sadler

On display

Production date
1896
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1276 x 971 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1913/4
Married

Walter Sadler

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Her First Love Letter
Her First Love Letter

Marcus Stone

Production date
1889
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1100 x 1683 x 60 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1930
Accession no
1930/2/1
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Soiree D'Ete (Summer Evening)
Soiree D'Ete (Summer Evening)

James Tissot

Production date
1881
Medium
drypoint
Size (h x w)
322 x 494 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1972
Accession no
1972/4
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Octobre (October)
Octobre (October)

James Tissot

Production date
1878
Medium
etching and drypoint
Size (h x w)
545 x 831 x 27 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2002
Accession no
2002/15
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Brighton
Brighton

James Webb Charles Earle

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
546 x 1276 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1883/1/3
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The Proposal (Reflections in Shadows)
The Proposal (Reflections in Shadows)

Alfred Woolmer

Production date
circa 1875
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
557 x 455 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/29