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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MORTON MASTERS, Mary E. née Morton d. c.1917

MORTON MASTERS, Mary E. née Morton d. c.1917

Born probably Northern Ireland, elder daughter of Capt. Berkeley Morton. He brought his family to New Zealand 1878 in the Lady Jocelyn to join the Ulsterman settlement at Katikati; in 1879 Mrs Morton taught at the school there. 1893 Captain Morton left Katikati and by 1901 was probably in the Auckland neighbourhood. About 1905 Mary Morton married Herbert Masters in Auckland page 175 and went to live on his farm at Ahipara, North Auckland. She specialised in painting animals, often was commissioned to paint prize livestock. Her oils of horse's heads were very popular and still to be found in houses over New Zealand. She died in childbirth and her husband kept her paintings and painting materials in a separate small building but this was unfortunately destroyed by fire. Work reproduced in New Zealand Graphic 1899. Exhibited: ASA 1884–1904 as Mary E. Morton; 1905–1917 as Mary Morton Masters.