Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge; Blomfield, Charles; Unknown; L2001/2/2


Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge

About this object

This oil painting of Lake Te Koutu, found in the heart of Cambridge township describes the type of picturesque landscape setting that Charles Blomfield was known for. In 1880 the Cambridge Domain Board was established and set about turning what essentially was a wasteland, and the unofficial dumping site of the town's refuse, into a park. By the mid 1880’s the Lake had its first dedicated gardener who spent the following years planting trees and laying paths. By the time Blomfield completed this painting many of the gardens had already begun to thrive creating a tranquil, country scene.

Blomfield was an astute commentator on the New Zealand bush and it's trees which he loved rendering. Like many of his colonial compatriots he was painfully aware of the changes in the New Zealand environment and sought to capture as many of them in oils before they disappeared. Blomfield's most famous works include a series of paintings of the pink and white terraces, made before the Tarawera eruption of 1886. He also painted an impression of the eruption itself which was copied by numerous artists and published in Newspapers throughout the world.


Blomfield, Charles

Maker Role


Date Made


Date Made

Circa 1880s

Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas

Place Made

New Zealand


465 x 630 x 40mm (framed whole)
280 x 445mm (image)

Subject and Association Description


Named Collection

Trust Waikato Collection/Fine Arts

Credit Line

Trust Waikato Collection Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

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