The Fabulous
Fletcher Show

An extensive selection of works from the collection, from historical pieces to modernist and contemporary New Zealand art

Presented by the Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga O Waikato

Eighty paintings from the rarely seen Fletcher Collection are to be shown at Waikato Museum for the very first time from Saturday 14 March. In a rare move, The Fletcher Trust, owners of New Zealand’s largest remaining corporate collection, has made its finest paintings available to the Museum while the Fletcher Building complex in Auckland undergoes renovation. “This exhibition will bring together the treasures of the collection for the very first time, including be what is believed to be the very first oil painting made of a New Zealand subject,” said Chairman of the Trust, Angus Fletcher.

Recently purchased from an English vendor and never before exhibited in this country, William Hodges’ oil sketch Dusky Bay, New Zealandwas painted in April 1773 on a piece of wood given to the artist by the ship’s carpenter on Captain Cook’s second voyage.

“All of New Zealand’s great painters are represented in The Fabulous Fletcher Collection,” says Waikato Museum Director, Cherie Meecham. “This is a unique opportunity for the public. Shows like this are extremely rare.”

The paintings, worth in excess of $6 million, include important historical works from the early nineteenth century right up to the most contemporary paintings made recently by this country’s emerging artists. The Fletcher Collection was started in 1962 when Sir James Fletcher and his colleague George Fraser replaced the photos of racehorses that hung on the board room walls with four Coromandel watercolours by JBC Hoyte. These four works are included in the exhibition.

— Hamilton Council press release, 26 February 2015.

Earliest Colonial Artists

Early twentieth century

Mid twentieth century

Modern (1960s and 70s)

ILLINGWORTH, Michael

Adam and Eve
Date unknown, Oil on canvas

1980s

1990s

2000s