The Star of 7 January 1890 reviewed the 'English water-colours and colonial paintings' at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin. The critic wrote, 'Among the New Zealanders there is nothing to place alongside [John] Gully or the Hon. J. C. Richmond. Gully's, in fact, are far and away the most striking water-colours in the gallery. Most of the pictures are of extraordinary size for water-colours, and the majority represent the bold and beautiful scenery of the Kaikoura Peninsula and its neighbourhood ... In Mr. Richmond's there is a diffidence, an intuitive tenderness, and a search for soft atmospheric effects'.
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