Tuesday, December 14, 2010

H D DRIVER - early Thames artist

One of the most surprising outcomes from researching early Thames businesses was the number of different types of businesses that were in existence.

For example, there were several people advertising as artists, with pictures for sale and being available for commission work. One of the most famous of the time was H D DRIVER.

H D Driver arrived in Thames late 1870s and appears in street directories up to early 1900s. Numerous advertisements can be found in the Thames newspapers.

One of his most famous paintings was of the Big Kauri Tree, that was later destroyed by fire 4 January 1898.
An article on the tree is online in The Treasury Journal.
H D Driver's painting of THE BIG KAURI TREE, at The Thames Library