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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

HARRIS, Emily Cumming 1837?-1925

HARRIS, Emily Cumming 1837?-1925

Daughter of artist Edwin Harris. Studied drawing in Hobart where she was sent during the Taranaki war, and was taught by her father in Nelson. She and her sisters ran an infant school there. Her New Zealand Flowers, New Zealand Ferns, and New Zealand Berries were all published in Nelson, 1899, as handcoloured lithographs. Exhibited in Sydney 1879, with ASA 1881–83, winning prizes for studies of New Zealand wild flowers, with Fine Arts Assoc Wtn 1883–84; in Colonial and Indian Ex London 1886, Centennial Exhibition, Melbourne 1888–89. She received many awards in New Zealand, London, and Australia. A collection of 62 studies of native plants is in Turnbull; also represented in Hocken.