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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MACKY, E. Spencer 1881–1958

MACKY, E. Spencer 1881–1958

Born Auckland, fourth generation of pioneer missionary stock, his grandfather the Rev. John Macky, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. Won a scholarship from Ponsonby School to Elam School of Art, left after a period and studied under C. F. Goldie: exhibited with ASA, winning first prize in 1899 for a study from the antique. Worked as a political cartoonist for the New Zealand Weekly News. Gained a scholarship to the National Academy School of Painting in Melbourne, where he studied under Bernard Hall, returned to Auckland at the end of 1905, continued work as a cartoonist, exhibiting with ASA; left for Paris where he studied at the Julian Academy 1907–10; then went to California where he worked as a professor at San Francisco School of Art. In 1912 married Constance Jenkins, a fellow student in Paris and an Australian who had been the first woman to win a travelling scholarship: she taught with him. Macky became a well-known Californian portrait painter and had a most distinguished career as an educator. Had for some years been President of the Californian page 162 College of Arts and Crafts when he retired in 1954. Died in USA. Work included in Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: ACAG.