Date Born/Established
21 May 1859
Date Died/Ceased
1944
Edward William Payton was born in Birmingham, England in 1859. He arrived in Dunedin in 1883, and commenced a three-year ramble through the new land. In 1885 he set out on an intrepid journey up the Wanganui River and through the King Country as companion to photographer Alfred Burton. Payton became the first principal of Elam School of Art in 1890, a post he held until his retirement in 1924. He has left a rich legacy of photographs and paintings of the Rotorua area. He lived at Te Weta Bay, Rotoiti. Source: Unknown.

Born Warwickshire, England; studied at Municipal School of Art, Birmingham under E R Taylor, obtaining medals and prizes in national competitions. In about 1882 he went to Australia and from Melbourne early in 1883 to New Zealand. Travelled north from Bluff, moving from one centre to another making excursions sketching around the countryside. From Auckland he visited the hot lakes district, seeing the Pink and White Terraces in the Tarawera district before he went south again to the cold lakes. His 'Round About New Zealand' published 1888 and illustrated by his own sketches is based mainly on his diaries of the first few years but has in one appendix the story of his visit to the Tarawera district two days after the great eruption in 1886 which destroyed the Terraces. He painted the scene and a chromolithograph was made after the painting. He settled in Auckland where a connection of his, Mrs Kate McCosh Clark, was prominent in art circles and her husband a leading Auckland citizen. It is suggested that once Elam School of Art was planned Mrs McCosh Clark persuaded Payton to return to England to qualify as an art instructor at the South Kensington School of Art, to be ready for a position of Principal of the new school. He was the first Principal from 1890 to 1924 when he retired. In his later life he lived in Rotorua. Work reproduced in New Zealand Grahic August 1987. Exhibited from 1887 with ASA, Auckland Industrial and Mining Exhibition 1898. Work was included in Centennial Exhibition Wellington 1940. Represented in ACAG, Turnbull and Hocken. Source Unknown.

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