by NZ CATHOLIC staff
A rare 19th century portrait in oils of Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier is being sold by auction on September 11.
The portrait image will go online on September 1 (for auction on September 11), along with an extensive collection of historic New Zealand artworks, said Henry Newrick of Heritage Art Auctions in Whanganui.
Mr Newdick said that, in his 50-plus years of dealing in art and monitoring auctions, “I have never seen a picture of him come to the market before”.
The work is in an oval frame, measuring 36cm x 47cm at the widest points. It is unsigned and, at this stage, the artist is not known.
A free catalogue featuring the Pompallier portrait is available from early August. It will only be available online as a PDF file and readers can receive a copy by emailing: Henry@HenryNewrick.com, giving their name and email address.