Lake Alexandrina; Esther Hope (1885-1975), NZ; 1963.006


Lake Alexandrina

About this object

Esther Hope (née Barker) was born at Waihi. Her mother, Emily Barker, was a keen artist and very supportive of her daughter's artistic aspirations. In 1907 she started having lessons from Christchurch artist Margaret Stoddart (1865-1934) who introduced Hope to the work of the English Impressionists and encouraged her to look to her local environment for painting inspiration.

In 1911, Esther Hope travelled to England to study at the Slade School of Art in London and later journeyed throughout Europe exhibiting at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon. During World War I she chose to work as a nurse-aide in Europe and England. Esther returned to New Zealand in 1919 and married Norman Hope in 1920 who had taken over the large Mackenzie sheep station called The Grampians in 1914. This became their home and many other artists were made welcome there and went on painting trips together.

Esther Hope was an exceptional landscape artist and is well known for her paintings of the Mackenzie. Lake Alexandrina or 'Lake Alex' as it is often referred to is a popular holiday spot for many people.


Esther Hope (1885-1975), NZ

Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper


54.8 x 75.2 cm

Named Collection

Aigantighe Art Gallery Collection

Credit Line

Presented by the artist in 1963

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