Portrait of Kate Sperrey

Gottfried Lindauer, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in late 19th century. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
The sitter was also known as Eleanor Catherine Mair (1862–1893). Possibly a contemporary of Lindauer, Kate Sperrey, an acclaimed New Zealand portrait painter of her time, died at the age of 31 and has since gone largely unrecognized. Kate studied portraiture in Europe between 1881 and 1884, in Rome under Giuseppe Ferrari, an early modern portrait painter. She also studied in Paris and London. In a biography written on her by Jane Vial for Te Ara -The encyclopaedia or New Zealand, Vial writes " By 1886 she had a studio in Lambton Quay. She appears to have been an official portraitist for several years. She painted many prominent political figures, including George Grey, Harry Atkinson and John Ballance. She also painted many portraits of Māori, her subjects including Wairingiringi of Ngati Mahuta and her husband, Te Wahanui of Ngati Maniapoto. From 1885 to 1887 Sperrey belonged to the Auckland-based New Zealand Art Students' Association, whose purpose was to encourage the painting of uniquely New Zealand subjects. Her Māori portraits, especially those of women and children from Rotorua and the King Country, were highly praised. Critics admired her skill at life drawing, her fresh and bold modern painting technique, and her ability to capture the colour of Māori skin. A number of her paintings were reputedly destroyed in a fire, which would help to account for their scarcity today." Accessed 3/12/12
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Image 480 x 410mm
Frame 750 x 670 x 60mm
oil on canvas on board
Profile portrait of a woman with her hair up in a french knot and wearing a lace-trimmed collar with gold detail.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua. Gift of Mr & Mrs Hume, 1982.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
22 Jun 1982



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