Margaret Stoddart

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1865, d.1934

Native Clematis

  • 1931
  • Watercolour
  • Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1935
  • 463 x 607mm
  • 69/29

About the artist

Stoddart, Margaret Olrog (Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1865, d.1934)

Margaret Stoddart, from The Weekly Press 9 June 1909

Margaret Stoddart established a strong reputation for the distinctive, increasingly atmospheric watercolour painting style she developed during her nine years abroad from 1898. Stoddart spent most of her childhood in the rural setting of Te Waipapa Diamond Harbour, followed by three years with her family in Edinburgh from 1876 before they settled in Christchurch in 1880. She and her three sisters enrolled at the Canterbury College School of Art in 1882, its founding year; their father, Mark Stoddart, died in 1885.

After the family’s return to Diamond Harbour in 1897, Margaret left to extend her career in Europe; basing herself in Cornwall at the St Ives artists’ colony. As well as taking further expert tuition, she travelled extensively through England, Norway, France, Switzerland and Italy, where she spent most of her final year away. Stoddart exhibited her flower paintings and landscapes to critical success in Paris and at English commercial and public galleries, including the Royal Academy, before returning home in 1906.

(The Moon and the Manor House, 12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)

Exhibition History