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New Zealand-born artist Kathleen Browne has reached many milestones in her life but last week she reached the grand one of turning 100.
She celebrated in her home of the past 18 months, Compton Lodge, in northwest London, with the help of staff and friends. There was also a harpist playing. She received a letter from the Queen and a note from Tony Blair to mark the occasion.
Browne has had a long and distinguished career in the visual arts, mainly as a painter, and has been exhibited in the UK. Her paintings are part of public and private collections across the globe, including Compton Lodge where they adorn the walls of her room and in the home itself.
She has a long and distinguished history of drawing, painting and teaching. Originally from Christchurch Browne studied at the Canterbury School of Art, then went on to teach in schools in Westport, Wellington and Auckland.
Her first visit to the UK was in 1932 and, after taking classes at the Chelsea School of Art, she decided to stay.
She opened her own painting school in 1949 and had her first exhibition at the Royal Academy in the same year.
She married in 1961. In 1979 she retired from teaching to concentrate on portrait painting.
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