H I Babbage

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Herbert Ivan Babbage came to New Zealand with his family when he about five years old and spent long periods of his childhood and youth in Wanganui. He studied art at Wanganui Technical School and taught art at Hawera. Travelling abroad in 1902, he was to spend much of his life painting in England and Europe but visited Wanganui and retained a strong emotional attachment to this town. The Museum’s Babbage painting, entitled Lake Virginia 1895, is the earliest known of his works to survive and therefore is important in the general catalogue of his paintings. H I Babbage was killed in 1916, one of the victims of WWI. There exists in the St Ives Arts Club a memorial to the four fellow artists of the town who had lost their lives in the war, among them the painter Herbert Ivan Babbage. The memorial comprises a beaten copper plaque, which was mounted on a wooden backboard by Lanhams.
b.1875, d.1916
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