Close to Home – William Beetham Portraits

Close to Home – William Beetham Portraits at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art & History February 2014 reviewed by Paul Melser at Wairarapa re-Views www.wairarapareviews.kiwi.nz

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art & History February 2014

By Paul Melser

Portraits are a statement about societal manners as much as they are the record of the appearance of a particular individual. Above all perhaps, throughout the history of image making, portraits have been an attempt to preserve and immortalise the status and position of the subject as worthy and important.

The current exhibition of Beetham portraits at Aratoi extols the values of probity, dignity, sobriety and respectability as much as they are records of the appearance of their mostly family subjects. You can read the rest of the review here

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