Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
HALCOMBE, (Mrs) Edith Stanway
Born in Wellington, daughter of naturalist and artist W. Swainson FLS. In 1863 married A. W. F. Halcombe who represented Rangitikei in the Provincial Council 1872–81. Two-toned lithographs by Edith Swainson were used as illustrations for Halcombe's The Feilding Settlement, Manchester Block, Manawatu, New Zealand pub. 1878. In 1881 Halcombe is said to have become manager of the Patetere Estate in Thames, but in 1881 Mrs Halcombe was an Auck- page 115 land member (and on the hanging committee) of the ASA, and exhibited with them as an Auckland member until 1884 when she won a prize. She exhibited as a Lichfield (Huka Falls) member 1885–86, and was a working member from Urenui, Taranaki 1887–93 although she did not exhibit. In Taranaki she won several prizes for oil paintings. While she was in Auckland she made and lithographed views of Auckland. Represented: Turnbull, and by an Auckland lithograph in AIML.