Robert C. Barnfield

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Three Double Hulled Canoes with Shoreline and Mountains in Background, 1886 watercolor by Robert C. Barnfield

Robert C. Barnfield (1856–1893) was a painter who was born in Gloucester, England. He trained in London as an architect, but relocated to New Zealand in 1883 because of his asthma.[1] In 1885, he arrived in Honolulu aboard the Explorer. He remained in Honolulu, where he painted and gave art lessons, until his death on May 14, 1893 at age 37.[2]

The Bishop Museum (Honolulu), the Honolulu Museum of Art and ʻIolani Palace are among the public collctions holding paintings by Robert C. Barnfield.[3][4]


  • Forbes, David W., "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, 168, 171.
  • Severson, Don R., Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections, University of Hawaii Press, 2002, p. 84.

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