Fonds - Elizabeth Maude Macvicar fonds

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Elizabeth Maude Macvicar fonds

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  • [after 1881]-1965 (Creation)

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6 folders : graphic materials and other items

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A successful painter of portrait miniatures in water colour on ivory, Winnipeg-born Elizabeth Maude Macvicar's (1881-1965) output included private commissions, solo and group juried exhibitions, as well as private exhibitions of her work throughout Canada, and at least once in the United States, during a career that flourished during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The daughter of George Duncan Macvicar and Josephine Larwill Macvicar, a Winnipeg pioneer family from Chatham, Ontario, Miss Macvicar showed an early interest in drawing. She attended the Winnipeg School of Art, where she studied during the time Alex Musgrove and later Franz Johnson were principals. Ms. Macvicar also studied miniature painting on ivory in London, England, visiting the famous Wallace Collection of miniatures in that city, and also touring Italy. A member of the Manitoba Society of Artists, she exhibited her work in the group and juried annual exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1927; in the first "open exhibit" of the Manitoba Society of Artists in 1926; at a Hart House exhibition at the University of Toronto in 1930; and in numerous private exhibitions in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Ontario, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. She completed private commissions in all of these cities, as well as in Victoria, Seattle and New York. Ms. Macvicar lived in Ottawa for several years and it was here that she was commissioned to paint a miniature of His Excellency, Lord Willingdon, Governor General of Canada, 1926-1931. He was, perhaps, her most famous subject. She also enjoyed working with children and completed scores of miniature portraits on ivory of the sons and daughters of the wealthy and well-connected. She also painted miniatures of service men and women during the Second World War, as well as large water colour portraits of Canadian women in the services. At the end of her career Miss Macvicar returned to Winnipeg, where she died after a lengthy illness on June 8, 1965. (Source: Artist's file, Clara Lander Library, Winnipeg Art Gallery.)

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These items were donated to the Winnipeg Art Gallery Archives by the artist's nephew, David Carey, in 2006.

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Items consist of original art work, draft sketches and work notes, photographic reproductions of the artist's work, newspaper cuttings and other memorabilia, and typescripts.

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No reproduction without written permission.

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