Heaphy (Hardcover)

Explorer, Artist, Settler

By Iain Sharp

Auckland University Press, 9781869404215, 216pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2008

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Richly illustrated with Charles Heaphy's remarkable paintings and drawings as well as photographs and maps from the period, this engaging work tells the story of Heaphy's life and his art. A draughtsman, explorer, surveyor, gold agent, geologist, soldier, war hero, politician, land commissioner, and judge—even by the versatile standards of Victorian pioneers, Charles Heaphy had an unusually varied career. His biography tells as much about his own life as it does of the settlement of New Zealand. From his earliest surviving watercolor of bird life in 1839 to his last-known sketch, drawn on the back of an envelope in 1879, Charles Heaphy's art represents a remarkable visual diary of life as a settler in New Zealand.

About the Author

Iain Sharp was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1953 and moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 1961 where he currently resides. He is a poet, critic, historian, journalist, and librarian. From 1995 to 2005 he was the books editor of national weekly the Sunday Star-Times, winning national review awards in 1995, 1996, and 1999. He has published several collections of his own poems, which have appeared in various anthologies including Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance and Mahones. His most recent book is Real Gold: Treasures of the Auckland City Libraries.

Praise For Heaphy: Explorer, Artist, Settler

Finalist, Biography, 2009 Montana NZ Book Awards

"A stimulating commentary on the paintings, and on how Heaphy?s images changed with time."  —Scoop Review of Books