Feilding-born Cranleigh Barton travelled extensively most of his life, and his journals and paintings capture a world that has vanished. He began his diary in 1908 when he was 17; ten years later he took up the challenge of becoming a watercolour artist.
When he wasn’t abroad, Cranleigh lived a comfortable bachelor existence, creating a home and much-admired garden on a Christchurch hillside overlooking the Pacific.
Cranleigh compiled over 80 journals, and his watercolours number in the thousands. Abroad brings selected entries and paintings together for the first time. They shine a light on the richness of an artist’s life in the first half of the 20th century in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Europe and the East.