Esther Blaikie MacKinnon (1885–1934)

 “Eastbourne Pier”

Oil on Panel

Signed lower right, 7.5  x 10 inches


Private collection, U.K.,

Esther Blaikie MacKinnon (1885–1934) was a Scottish Impressionist artist, whose highly regarded paintings and engravings art to be found in some of the worlds best collections.

During her career, MacKinnon worked with a variety of media including paint, dry point, etchings, and black and white drawings. Notable were her portraits of Cecil  and Evelyn Sharp, which currently are part of The National Portrait Gallery primary collection. Her work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, theRoyal Academy, and the Society of Women Artists within her lifetime.

The second child of Lachlan MacKinnon (1855–1948) and Theodora Thompson (1859–1939), Esther MacKinnon was born and educated in Aberdeen. During her lifetime, MacKinnon primarily worked out of her studio in Hampstead, London, and during her lifetime her engravings and paintings were exhibited widely. She died unmarried at the age of 49.

Cecil Sharp, 1921. Chalk. National Portrait Gallery.

Cecil Sharp, 1921. Pencil. National Portrait Gallery. 

Lions in a London Square, Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

Malmesbury, 1922. Watercolour and pencil on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

A Negress, Oil on canvas. Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. 

Weaver, Smithsonian American Art Museum.