Memories. The Last of her Tribe.; C.F. Goldie (1870-1947), NZ; 1913; 1956.017


Memories. The Last of her Tribe.

About this object

Charles Frederick Goldie (1870-1947) was born in Auckland, the son of a timber merchant who also became the Mayor of Auckland. Goldie travelled to Paris in 1892 where he trained at the Académie Julian. He attended the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and is said to have studied portraiture under Sir James Guthrie in London. Guthrie was the uncle of Lorna Guthrie who married James Grant and in 1955 Grant gave the Aigantighe home to Timaru so that it could become an art gallery. Lorna Grant knew Goldie and two smaller paintings by him which she owned are also part of the gallery's collection.

Goldie returned to New Zealand in 1898 and painted prolifically from a studio in Auckland. Memories is a portrait of Pani a Ngatiawa widow. It is among the last of Goldie's large works and was painted as a companion piece to Tumai Tawhiti which the Aigantighe also owns. The close attention to detail and realistic treatment of the lined face and moko continue to fascinate viewers but this work is constructed. The clothes are the same studio 'props' which are depicted in many of Goldie's other Maori portraits. The pose is staged and Goldie tended to portray his sitters as melancholy with an averted gaze painted in isolation.


C.F. Goldie (1870-1947), NZ

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Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas


76.5 x 63.7 cm

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Aigantighe Art Gallery Collection

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Given in 1956 from the collection of James Craigie.

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