Painting [Mount Albert and the Alberton Homestead]; Holland and Butler; 19th Cen...




Painting [Mount Albert and the Alberton Homestead]

About this object

Painting; a 19th century watercolour painting depicting Mount Albert with Alberton House in the mid ground, surrounded by farmland. Two male figures are in the foreground, one of whom is shown on horseback. Framed in a gilded frame.

Alberton was built on the lower slopes of Mt Albert as the centrepiece of Allan Kerr Taylor's 500 acre country estate. Overlooking a sizeable portion of their land, it may have replaced an earlier scoria cottage, which Taylor is said to have constructed after buying part of the property in 1849, aged 17. Official settlement of Auckland had begun in 1841, with New Zealand's first Governor, William Hobson, reselling land purchased from Māori to an influx of newcomers. At this time Auckland was the chief agricultural settlement and capital of New Zealand. Mt Albert had once been a hill pā. However, by the time Samuel Marsden arrived in the area in 1820 it was abandoned.

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.


Holland and Butler

Maker Role


Date Made

19th Century

Medium and Materials

paper; wood


Painting: 17 x 24.2cm
Frame: 33.6 x 41.2 x 1.9cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Alberton   Alberton

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