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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

TRIPE, (Mrs) Mary Elizabeth R

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TRIPE, (Mrs) Mary Elizabeth R.

Born Opawa, Christchurch, second daughter of Hon. E. Richardson, later MP for Kaiapoi; educated privately and at Christchurch Girls' High School. Studied at Canterbury School of Art, and with both van der Velden and Nerli. When she went to Wellington attended the Wellington School of Design (now Technical Art School) under A. D. Riley. She taught there and was joined on staff by Nairn and Mabel Hill in 1891: was an original member of the Art Club whose leader was Nairn. Exhibited with Fine Arts Assoc Wtn from 1884; NZ Academy of Fine Arts Wtn; was one of the group associated with Nairn at his “Pumpkin Cottage” at Silver-stream; was later on committee of NZ Academy of Fine Arts for many years. Married to J. A. Tripe of Wellington, she made many visits to Europe, 1913–14, 1933–34, 1936–37: they made London their headquarters and she studied under Frederick Whiting, RP, RSW. Exhibited with Royal Society of Portrait Painters, RA, Paris Salon etc. Made her name mainly as a portrait painter with a strong feeling for design. Her painting of Nairn is in NAG. Work included Centennial Ex Wtn 1940. Represented: NAG, Turnbull, Hocken, Suter.