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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BEST, Madeline 1854–1944

BEST, Madeline 1854–1944

Born in Tawa 4 August 1854, daughter of William Best, younger sister of ethnologist Elsdon Best. Her family moved into Wellington about 1861: in 1870 she was taking pupils for drawing, painting in oils, watercolours and in lustre work. Moved to Otaki with her mother, living there until the end of her life. She taught and painted. On 12th August 1903 her mother wrote that she was ‘out sketching the Otaki Church' (Rangiatea) and that she had ‘taken two views’ of the Simcox's homestead “Forest Lakes” at Otaki. Exhibited with Fine Arts Assoc. Wtn. 1883–84; with NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1889–94. Represented in Turnbull.