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This book was first published as "The Life of an Artist" in 1935 without any illustrations. In 2008, it was published by authors great-nieces as "A Vivid Canvas" with 367 pages, 103 B/W and colour photos and 1 map of central Kenya on page 246. The book is divided into 2 Parts (1) The Vivid Canvas, and (2) Exile and Pioneer in foreign land. MARGARET COLLYER was born in 1872 and she graduated from London Royal Academy in 1898 and was a very accomplished painter of dogs and horses. When she visited her sister OLIVE, in 1915, on a coffee farm in British East Africa(Kenya), she bought a land near Aberdare Range and never returned to England. Margaret died in Mombasa in 1945.
Margaret, as an animal lover, became an animal painter. She did her painting courses at Royal Academy Schools, London and Princess Alexandra House. After finishing schools, she worked in a Zoo and then opened her own studio. Not understanding copy-rights and business, she lost royalty and money. By now Margaret had collected a lot of animals in her home. Dog thieves was a problem, as Margaret had champion dogs to paint, in her kennels. In 1903, she went to Isle of Skye, to paint 'West white highland terriers'. After 20 years in London, she wanted to live in the country. Then in 1913 1st World War broke and she went to Boulogne to work as a nurse. In May 1915, she had a letter from her younger sister 'OLIVE', who lived in British East Africa, to come and live with her.
After a difficult sea journey, Margaret arrived in MOMBASA and found the rail blown up at VOI by the Germans. Her Uganda Railways arrived in NAIROBI after 2 and 1/2 days. She joined Olive at her coffee farm in KABETE. After some nursing duties in January 1918, she bought a farm at GIL GIL. Next she visits Sir Fred Jackson and Lady Jackson in ENTEBBE, Uganda.
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A Vivid Canvas: Artist and Pioneer 1872-1945.
A beautifully produced book. The first part concerns the authors early life in Britain training to become the very good artist that she was. The second part is an extraordinary story of the author becoming a pioneering farmer in Kenya from 1918 when there were no roads and communication was by horse or ox-cart. A woman on her own with a number of indigenous assistants, in the wilds of the Kenya highlands having to worry about the depredations of lions on her cattle. With no near neighbours she sometimes went months without seeing another white face. Well worth the read.
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A fascinating story of a life of immense variety, and of a woman of exceptional spirit
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have taken a great interest in it 23 Sept. 2014
By therese mckendry - Published on Amazon.com
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as this book is written by friends of mine , I have taken a great interest in it, also im a artist and have spent time in Kenya so im very interested in Margaret collier,s life story. I had been given a signed copy of the book by vee and sue but lent it to a friend and it was never returned so hence the search for another copy and I have found this with your store. I congratulate you for your service , I received my book without any problems and in excellent condition. thank you, regards therese mckendry.
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