Samuel Charles Farr (1827-1918) was born in England and arrived in Akaroa on the ship Monarch in 1850. He was an amateur artist who painted many scenes of Banks Peninsula.
He exhibited a painting as early as 1856. However, he did not aspire to be a professional artist. ‘I only paint at my leisure to amuse myself’ (S. C. Farr, letter to the editor, Press, 19/02/1870, p.2.), he wrote, although he regularly showed his paintings at public exhibitions.
Akaroa Museum has four paintings by Farr. One painting shows a coastal view from Pigeon Bay. An early oil on board depicts a beach, the Victoria Hotel and a red ensign flying over Greens Point. A man stands near where the Akaroa Boating Club building now stands.
Two paintings overlook Akaroa and northwards to Childrens Bay from a hillside vantage.
One includes three Māori figures, their backs to us, also looking at the same view. Tree stumps, sheep, a mixture of grassland and forested hillsides, and the buildings of the town below indicate the progress of settlers.