Painter. Born in London, England on July 27, 1865. MacKenzie studied in his native city at the Royal Academy where he won the Turner gold medal and a traveling fellowship, and then continued in Paris at Académie Julian. He went to South Africa (his mother's birthplace) as a young man and participated in the first Matabele rebellion in the establishment of Rhodesia and in the Boer War. While in Rhodesia he was a member of the exploring party which located the great Wankle coal field. He came to the U.S. to design the Boer War exhibit at the St Louis Worlds Fair of 1904. He moved to San Francisco in 1910 but also maintained a studio-home in Washington, DC. He painted dioramas at many museums across the U.S. before his death in San Francisco oNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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