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London, Ontario, 1836
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, 1908
Biography synopsis
An amateur watercolour painter, Alicia Killaly was best known for her views of Toronto, Quebec City and the Niagara region and small oil studies after subjects by Cornelius Krieghoff, with whom she may have studied. She is also thought to have produced the scenes depicted in "A Picnic at Montmorency, " a set of lithographs published in 1868 (they are signed A.K.). Depicting the winter adventures of Captain Busby and Miss Muffin, these genre scenes grant the viewer a humorous glimpse into nineteenth-century life in lower Canada. The watercolors upon which these prints were based are now in the Royal Ontario Museum. Although born in Ontario, Killaly lived in Quebec City and Montreal during the 1840s and 50s, moving to Toronto in 1855. She settled in England after her marriage to Christopher H. Turnor, retired Lieutenant in the Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade in 1871.
Media used
Private study (under Cornelius Krieghoff)
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Allodi, Mary. Canadian Watercolours and Drawings in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1974.
Cavell, Edward and Dennis Reid. When Winter Was King: The Image of Winter in 19th Century Canada. Banff: Altitude Publishing and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 1988.
Cooke, W. Martha E. W. H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana: Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Manoir Richelieu Collection. Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1983.
DeVolpi, Charles Patrick. Pictorial Record Series: Quebec, 1608-1875. Toronto: Longmans, 1971.
Farr, Dorothy and Luckyj, Natalie. From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
McCord Museum. Exhibition of Prints in Honour of C. Krieghoff 1815-1872. Montreal: 1972.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
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.
Spendlove, F. St. George. "The Quebec Prints and Water-Colours of James Pattison Cockburn (1779?-1847)." The Face of Early Canada: Pictures of Canada which have helped to make history. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1858.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.

Writings by
Killaly, Alicia (?). A Picnic to Montmorenci (Four Prints). Ottawa: George E. Desbarats, 1868.

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