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ALEXANDER, Lady Eveline Marie

Born
Nantes, France, 1821
Died
Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, 1906
Biography synopsis
Little biographical information has survived about this amateur painter in oil and watercolour, known for her sleighing scenes. The daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cornwallis Michell (1793-1851) of the Royal Artillery, Lady Eveline Marie Alexander (née Michell) may have learned to draw and paint from her father, who was military drawing master at the Royal Military College. In 1837, she married Sir James Edward Alexander at the Cape of Good Hope; they had five children. She joined him on his Canadian tour of duty from 1841-49 when he served with the 14th Regiment of Foot and was aide-de-camp to Sir Benjamin D'Urban and Sir William Rowan. While in Canada, she made a sketch of a military steeplechase in London, Ontario which was later lithographed. Her prints can be found in the John Ross Robertson Collection, Toronto Public Library, and the W.H. Coverdale Collection, Manoir Richelieu, Quebec (now Warnock-Hersey Co., Montreal).
Media used
Painting
Watercolour
File & Archive locations
Frick Art Reference Library, NY
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada, ON - Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Leipzig: G. K. Saur, 1992.
Colley, Linda. "The People Above in Eighteenth-Century Britain." Historical Journal (U.K.) 24.4 (1981): 971-79.
Cooke, W. Martha E. W. H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana: Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Manoir Richelieu Collection. Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1983.
Downie, Mary A.. Early Voices: Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639-1914 [features a sketch by Lady Eveline Marie Alexander]. Toronto, ON.: Dundurn Press Ltd., 2010.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Richings, Gordon. The Life and Work of Charles Michell. Simon's Town: Fernwood Press, 2006.
Robertson, John Ross, ed. Landmarks of Canada: A Guide to the J. Ross Robertson Historical Collection in the Public Reference Library, Toronto. Toronto: 1917.
Stephen, Leslie and Sidney Lee, eds. Dictionary of National Biography. London, England: Smith, Elder and Co, 1901.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

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