Mrs Robert Cowie (née Agnes Goudy Halcrow)
John Irvine
Oil on canvas
Donated by Mr A.H. Cowie, 1951

Dunedin’s first professional portrait painter, John Irvine, was born in 1805 in the Shetland Islands. He studied art at the Royal Academy Schools in London and became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. Irvine immigrated to Melbourne around 1859 and moved to Dunedin with his wife Jessie and son William in 1863. John Irvine was first president of the Otago Art Society 1876-9. He was one of the earliest painters in New Zealand to combine painting and the new art of photography. Irvine died in Dunedin in 1888.
John Irvine
Production Date
852 (h) x 720 (w) x approx. 30 (d) mm (framed)
(note: depth including hooks is approx. 65mm)