The painter de Ritz

  • John Barnett
  • Lesley Kaiser


The myth of de Ritz, when first we heard of him, was that of an itinerant late-nineteenth century painter (a view echoed in Una Platts’ 1980 Nineteenth Century New Zealand artists: a guide & handbook). Seeing the paintings, one imagined a Romantic wanderer at makeshift easel, smoke rising lazily from a fire whereupon a billy boiled, a river before, a tent beyond: a remittance man, perhaps, a shamed scion escaping old Europe for Antipodean bush, fleeing heartacheor financial scandal or the outcome of a duel.

How to Cite
Barnett, J., & Kaiser, L. (2018). The painter de Ritz. Back Story - Journal of New Zealand Art, Media & Design History, (4), 39-50. Retrieved from