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Do you know who Gottfried Lindauer is?

Nope- he wasn't the wine-maker who created Lindauer champagne though the famous Hawke's Bay drink was actually named after him. Even as today's generation may arguably be more familiar with the former, the original Lindauer holds a secure spot in New Zealand history as the painter of turn of the century iconic Maori portraits.

Born in 1839 in Pilsen in Western Bohemia of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he arrived in New Zealand by virtue of avoiding being drafted to the Austrian military service. His art background acquired from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, won him commissions from prominent Maori chiefs to paint their portraits. The often life-size works are known for their highly detailed and accurate records of facial tattoos, ornaments and dress. 

After marrying Rebecca Petty sometime after 1887, he settled in Woodville where he died in 1926. He is buried in the Old Gorge cemetery.

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Do you know who Gottfried Lindauer is?


Nope- he wasn't the wine-maker who created Lindauer champagne though the famous Hawke's Bay drink was actually named after him. Even as today's generation may arguably be more familiar with the former, the original Lindauer holds a secure spot in New Zealand history as the painter of turn of the century iconic Maori portraits.

Born in 1839 in Pilsen in Western …

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