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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WIMPERIS, “Fanny” (Frances Mary) 1840–1925

WIMPERIS, “Fanny” (Frances Mary) 1840–1925

Born Chester, member of a distinguished family, sister of English painter Edmund, Jane (Miss Jenny), and Susanna Joachim. They were brought up in Chester when Charles Kingsley of The Water Babies fame was Canon of Chester Cathedral and the two families were close friends; a connection by marriage was Mrs Bramwell, a close relative of the Brontes. Fanny and her sisters were members of the Naturalists Field Club of which Kingsley was leader. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London under E. J. Poynter in painting and Le Gros in drawing; exhibited with Society of page 259 British Artists, Sussex St, London 1875 and with Royal Watercolour Society in 1875. About 1879 or 1880 she and her sister Jenny, accompanied by brother Edmund, came to Dunedin to join their other sister, now Susanna Joachim. Taught art at Miss Duke's school in the 1880s and at Otago Girls' High School 1891–1906. Painted mainly figures and portraits. Exhibited: OAS from 1880; at NZ Industrial Ex Wtn 1885; Centennial Ex, Melbourne 1888–89; NZ and South Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90, an oil “Spring” winning first award. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: Hocken.