Emily Harris


NZ artist Emily Harris (1837 - 1925) was a botanical artist whose published albums were amongst the earliest NZ pictorial books to be published and printed in New Zealand. Although printed in black and white she handcoloured the lithographic plates of flowers and plants. Constantly in poverty Harris sold paintings to pay her family’s bills and held exhibitions of her artworks both locally and overseas, such as the “Indian and Colonial Exhibition” held in London in 1886. This Emily Harris print of a Kowhai from the 1890 book “New Zealand Flowers” was included in a series of botanical prints re-printed by Thorndon Fine Prints.

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