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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

GEISOW, (Miss) “Kitty” (Catherina Wilhelmina) 1876–1958

GEISOW, (Miss) “Kitty” (Catherina Wilhelmina) 1876–1958

Born in Queenstown, third daughter of F. W. F. Geisow (who came to New Zealand from Frankfurt-on-Main in 1863 and settled in Queenstown in 1866) and Mary Fraser. Her father was, by 1904 when he died, an insurance agent, the town clerk and a J.P. After his death his three daughters appear to have taken over the insurance agency, but by 1913 only Catherina (Kitty) is listed in Stone's page 103 as the agent. From 1913–22 there is no listing but by 1923 Catherina is listed again as insurance agent and remained thus until her death. Exhibited with OAS 1908–39. A collection of her watercolours all of Queenstown district subjects is in the Hocken. Most are made in 1920s and 1930s but some, painted before 1900, have a primitive charm something like those of Preston.