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Christopher Edward Perkins (born 21 September 1891 at Peterborough, England, died Ipswich, Suffolk, 8 April 1968) was an artist in England and New Zealand. September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The City of Peterborough is a cathedral city and unitary authority in the East of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Timber framed buildings in St Nicholas Street The Ancient House is decorated with a particularly fine example of pargeting Ipswich (pronounced ) is the county town of Suffolk and a non-metropolitan district in East Anglia, England on the estuary of the River Orwell. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in the East Anglia region of eastern England. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... The Bath, a painting by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...


Background and Education

Perkins was the son of John Edward Sharman Perkins, an agricultural engineer, and his wife, Margaret Charlotte Long. He was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, then at the Heatherley School of Art in London, in 1907, an academy in Rome in 1908, and the Slade School of Fine Art, where his fellow students included Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer and C. R. W. Nevinson. Gresham’s School is an independent boarding school at Holt in North Norfolk, England, founded in the year 1555, a member of the HMC. // Big School (1903) The Senior School of Greshams was established at Holt by Sir John Gresham in 1555, during the reign of Queen Mary I... Holt is a market town in the county of Norfolk, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Nickname: The Eternal City Motto: SPQR: Senatus PopulusQue Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area    - City 1285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban... Part of the University College London, the Slade School of Art was founded in 1868 as the result of an endowment by Felix Slade. ... Dora de Houghton Carrington (March 29, 1893 – March 11, 1932) was a British painter and decorative artist. ... Mark Gertler, (December 9, 1891 – June 23, 1939), was a British-Jewish portrait painter. ... Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) was an English painter. ... Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889 - 1946) was an English futurist and vorticist painter. ...


By 1914 he launched his professional career, but joined the British army at the outbreak of the First World War, rising to the rank of acting captain. He then returned to painting, and in the 1920s he and his family lived in France. He published an essay, On Museums, in 1925. His work was becoming known, and in 1925 he was helped by Roger Fry and William Rothenstein for a teaching position. He held a major exhibition in London in 1927. In January 1929 he went to teach at the Wellington Technical College in New Zealand. In 1932 let his contract lapse and moved to Rotorua, where the availability of Maori subjects was an attraction. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... The 1920s is a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Roger Eliot Fry (14 December 1866 - 9 September 1934) was an English artist and critic, and a member of the Bloomsbury group. ... William Rothenstein (1872 - 1945) was an English painter, draughtsman and writer on art. ... Rotorua is a city located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ...

Perkins exhibited regularly with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 1929 to 1933. He held a solo exhibition in 1931. In 1933 he held a substantial exhibition in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ...

Important works include Silverstream brickworks (1930), Taranaki (1931), Activity on the wharf (1931), Meditation (1931), Haka, Maori meeting (1932-34).

Perkins returned to England in February 1934. He served in the army again during the Second World War and also worked as an unofficial war artist. He achieved a reputation as a portrait painter, showing pictures at the Royal Academy of Arts and holding many exhibitions, but never attained the leading position he had had in New Zealand. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... This article refers to an art institution in London. ...


Perkins was married on 1 April 1914, to Agnes Berry Shaw. They had three children.


On Museums by Christopher Perkins (St Tropez, 1925)


  • The art of Christopher Perkins by P.W. Robertson, in Art in New Zealand 4, No 13 (September 1931): 8-40
  • The story of Christopher Perkins in Art in Australia 3, No 48 (February 1933): 31-37
  • An introduction to New Zealand painting 1839-1980 by G. H. Brown & H. Keith (Auckland, 1980)
  • An Artist's Daughter: with Christopher Perkins in New Zealand, 1929-1934 by Jane Garrett (Shoal Bay Press, Auckland, 1986) ISBN 9780908704026
  • Biography of Christopher Edward Perkins at Dictionary of New Zealand Biography



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