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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

BLOMFIELD, Elizabeth (“Bessie”) Mrs W. Kendon b.1880

BLOMFIELD, Elizabeth (“Bessie”) Mrs W. Kendon b.1880

Born in Auckland, daughter of painter Charles Blomfield. Was taught painting by her father and C. F. Goldie. About 1901 went to Dunedin to live with relations for a couple of years. Before her marriage to William Kendon in 1908 she specialised in flower paintings and painted some portraits; after her marriage she painted landscapes. She used to work with her father in his studio, and as Mrs W. Kendon listed as Auckland artist working in Karanga-hape Road 1911–12 Wise's. In 1979 living in Howick and still painting. Exhibited with OAS 1902–04; with ASA 1897–1908 as E. Blomfield. A large oil of Dunedin is in Hocken.