William Swainson NZ Historical Drawings

William John Swainson (1789 - 1855), was a naturalist and ornithologist from England. He worked in customs in Liverpool and spent several years overseas in both Sicily and Brazil. In 1840, Swainson and his family sailed for New Zealand arriving in Wellington in 1841. Swainson drew many sketches of the early Wellington region, detailing farms, houses and his surroundings. He was a member of the NZ Royal Society, The New Zealand Company, and the Royal Society in London.

This collection included over 60 Lots of original William Swainson sketches with New Zealand subjects, some of which include Māori huts and pā.

This auction achieved consistently high prices

record price achieved $3,600 including premium

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