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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MCCRACKEN, Francis 1879–1959

MCCRACKEN, Francis 1879–1959

Born Northern Ireland: went with family to Australia and spent his early years on a cattle station. Arrived later in New Zealand; studied at Elam School of Art, Auckland. 1914 left New Zealand with the NZ Expeditionary Force: after being wounded studied at Royal Scottish Academy Life Schools, gaining amongst other awards a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship to Florence and to Paris where he worked under Andre Lhote and came under the influence of Cubism. Travelled in France, Spain, Algeria and Tunis: exhibited at the Paris Salon, RA, Glasgow Institute, and by invitation at the Walker Art Gallery. Exhibited occasionally in New Zealand. His page 159 last years were spent in Edinburgh. Work included in Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. In 1960 a memorial exhibition was arranged and shown by the Scottish Committee of the Arts Council. Represented in major art galleries of New Zealand.