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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WIMPERIS, “Jenny” (A. Jane) 1838–1927

WIMPERIS, “Jenny” (A. Jane) 1838–1927

Born Chester, member of artistic family, sister of English painter and engraver Edmund Wimperis. Studied in Munich and Antwerp: exhibited landscapes with RSA, London 1868–75. About 1880 she and her sister Frances came to New Zealand to join their married sister Susanna Joachim in Dunedin. Gave private lessons, was listed as Dunedin artist 1887–89 Stone's Directory; was a member of the Dunedin Art Club. About 1904 returned to Europe: Frances Hodgkins met her by chance in Italy. Her Dunedin watercolours had a strongly individualistic linear style: paintings made later in Europe seem to have lost this. As so many did, she sent her work back to be exhibited with her local society. Exhibited: OAS 1880–1920; NZ Industrial Ex Wtn 1885; Centennial Ex, Melbourne 1888–89; NZ and South Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: McDougall, DPAG and Hocken.