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John Corker Vigers Symons arrived in Tāmaki Makaurau in 1860 and worked as an accountant in the law firm of Whitaker and Russell. He was an amateur artist of some talent and helped to found the Auckland Society of Artists in 1869 with J. B. C. Hoyte. He was their first secretary and treasurer and exhibited with them in the 1870s as well as in Sydney in 1872. On retirement, Symons worked as a professional artist for some years during the 1890s. He deserves to be better known for his work shows finesse and a strong sense of atmosphere.

Aotearoa New Zealand;
Date of birth
Place of birth
England, United Kingdom,
Date of death
11 October 1897
Place of death
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa,

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa art. The Trust makes works available online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

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Auckland 1142
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