About the Pictorial Collections
From daguerreotype to digital, the photograph collection of over 1.2 million images, spans over 150 years of photographic history. The collection has early calotypes by William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of photography, and closer to home, an impressive set of albums compiled by the 19th Century watercolorist and photographer John Kinder, containing remarkable examples of photography from the wet plate era.
From the dry plate era another Auckland-based photographer, the prolific Henry Winkelmann, gave the Museum his entire collection of negatives, other than the documentary photographs of Auckland City which he had given to the Auckland Public Library. Women photographers of note represented are Una Garlick and Margaret Matilda White. The latter part of the 20th Century is substantially represented by the colourful and prestigious collection of the documentary photographer Robin Morrison. Other collections include the documentary photographs of the Auckland Star and New Zealand Herald newspapers and Sparrow Industrial Pictures.
Paintings and Drawings
The paintings and drawings collection numbering over 1500 works includes oil and watercolour paintings, pencil sketches and lithographic prints. Paintings and drawings are collected primarily for their historical values as visual documents rather than for their contribution to aesthetic history. These pictures can take the visual record back beyond the widespread use of photography. It includes substantial collections of the work of Charles Heaphy, Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, George French Angas and John Webster. It also contains Maori portrait collections by Charles Frederick Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer.
Maori & Pacific Island
The photograph and painting collections have a large range of Maori and Pacific Island images. These include many portraits as well as documentary photography depicting social life and culture from the 19th century to the present.
New Zealand at War
As a war memorial and museum we have a strong commitment to the representation of New Zealander's at war. Pictorial Collections has a large range of material from both world wars as well as images of other conflict involving New Zealanders.
View the Sparrow Collection, the Robin Morrison Collection, the paintings and drawings collection, photograph albums, glass plates and negatives and the print collections.
Pictorial Web Exhibitions
View 150 Years Of The Auckland Museum, Horses Grazing In The Domain, Comings And Goings At The Museum, City Scenes, The Harbour, Soldiering On, Pacific People
Ongoing digitisation continues to improve access to the collection. Specific programmes target particular collections in addition to enquiries and image orders which all expand the image archive.
For enquiries regarding the pictorial collection please email Pictorial.
The Museum offers an image orders service, where rights allow. For image orders of objects and documentary items, particularly for publishing purposes, please allow at least 3 months’ lead time, to enable us to schedule the acclimitisation or removal from display, cleaning, photography and copyright and other clearances.
Where a suitable digital image already exists, we aim to fulfil orders within 3 weeks, because of complexity of copyright and other clearances. To purchase copies of images please contact the Museum Library and download the order form below.
Download Order Form - PDF (1mb)