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FARNCOMB, Caroline

Born
Newcastle, Ontario, 1859
Died
Sheldon, Ontario, 1951
Biography synopsis
Caroline Farncomb painted portraits, landscapes and genre paintings in oil. She lived in London, Ontario where she was employed as the secretary of the London Art Association. Farncomb exhibited her work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Spring Exhibitions from 1900 to 1909, at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto from 1907-1908, at the Royal Canadian Academy from 1899-1908, and at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition from 1897-1901. She was elected into the Ontario Society of Artists in 1908, and exhibited some of her works there in 1909. She won first prize in exhibitions in London, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
Media used
Painting
Education
Académie Julian, Paris (under J.P. Laurens, Simon and Prinet)
Art Students' League, New York (under William Chase)
Memberships
Ontario Society of Artists, 1908
Women's Art Club, London, Ontario
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Art Notes." Week (Toronto) 13 Oct. 1894: 470.
"Chronique D'Art." Canada Francais (Quebec) 4 Apr. 1903: 2.
"Miss C. Farncomb Dies at Age 93." Evening Free Press (London) 14 Nov. 1951.
"Three Groups of Art Work by Amateurs Put on Display." Evening Free Press (London) 12 May 1949.
Crawford, Lenore. "Women painters display sensitivity, charm." London Evening Press 24 Aug. 1968.
Poole, Nancy Geddes. "London Women and Art." The Art of London: 1830-1980. London: Blackpool Press, 1984.
Waters, Clara Erskine Clement. Women in the Fine Arts. New York: Hacker Art Books, 1974.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Women's Art Association of Canada (Tor) - First Sketch Club Exhibition: (89 Canada Life Building, October 18, 1893) "Woman's Art Club. The Annual Exhibition now in Progress in the Canada Life Building-Some of the Paintings."  Globe and Mail (Toronto)  October 19, 1893.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Women's Art Association of Canada (Tor) - Sixth Annual Spring Exhibition: (89 Canada Life Building, March 29, 1894) "Art Notes"  Toronto Saturday Night  April 07, 1894.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Women's Art Association of Canada (Tor) - Sixth Annual Spring Exhibition: (89 Canada Life Building, March 29, 1894) "The Woman's Art Association"  The Week (Toronto)  April 13, 1894.  p.472.   Full-text pdf
Women's Art Association of Canada (Tor) - 8th Annual Spring Exhibition: (Robert's Art Galleries, April 04, 1896) "Women And Art. Annual Exhibition of the Woman's Art Association. Purely Canadian Exhibits. Great Discretion Exercised in the Selection of Paintings. Lieutenant-Governor Kirkpatrick and Party Present at the Opening-The Exhibit Open Till the 17."  Globe and Mail  April 07, 1896.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Women's Art Association of Canada (Tor) - 8th Annual Spring Exhibition: (Robert's Art Galleries, April 04, 1896) "ART"  Toronto Saturday Night  April 11, 1896.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, May 09, 1898) Jean Grant.  "Studio and Gallery"  Toronto Saturday Night  May 14, 1898.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, May 09, 1898) Lynn C. Doyle.  "Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists. Second Notice."  Globe (Toronto)  May 21, 1898.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1900) "Ladies Contribute. Much Clever Work Sent to Art Exhibition by Gentler Sex."  Montreal Star  March 24, 1900.  p.22.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 28, 1902) "O. S. A. Exhibition. More Pictures and of Better Quality Than Last Year. A Very Pleasing Collection-A List of the Less Distinguished- The Public Opening Will Take Place This Evening."  Globe (Toronto)  February 28, 1902.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 28, 1902) Lally Bernard.  "Driftwood."  Globe (Toronto)  March 05, 1902.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 07, 1903) M.L.F..  "Among the Pictures. At the O.S.A. Exhibition."  Toronto Star  March 07, 1903.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 12, 1903) "The Spring Exhibition. A Good Average Showing of Pictures by Canadian Artists."  Daily Witness (Montreal)  March 13, 1903.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 07, 1903) "Ontario Artists' Exhibition. Annual Display Now on in Toronto. Some Admirable Works."  Globe (Toronto)  March 13, 1903.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 12, 1903) PIF..  "Chronique d'art."  Le Canada (Montreal)  April 04, 1903.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 20, 1904) "Native Art Exhibition. Work of Seventy-five Artists on View. Thirty-second Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society - Notes About a Few of the Pictures."  Globe (Toronto)  February 27, 1904.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 20, 1904) Palette.  "The Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition."  Toronto Saturday Night  February 27, 1904.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1905) "At the Art Gallery. An Enjoyable Private View."  Daily Witness (Montreal)  March 18, 1905.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 22, 1908) M.L.A.F..  "Features of the Art Exhibition. The Pictures of Each Artist are Not Hung Together This Year. New Names on the List. Some who Never Exhibited Before-The Exhibition Open to the Public."  Toronto Star  February 22, 1908.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, February 22, 1908) "Ontario Artists Open Exhibition. Pictures are Fewer, but Standard is High."  Globe and Mail (Toronto).  February 22, 1908.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition.: (Montreal, March 23, 1908) "Exhibition of Art. Some Brilliant Canvases Dazzle Eye in 24th Spring Exhibit in Art Gallery."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 23, 1908.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Toronto, April 1908) "R.C.A. Exhibition Scorched Many Pictures Destroyed."  Toronto Telegram  April 29, 1908.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Toronto, April 1908) "Many Pictures Burned. $8,000 Fire in the Canadian Academy's Exhibition."  Globe (Toronto)  April 30, 1908.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 02, 1909) "Exhibition of Art. High Water Mark Reached in This Year's Spring Showing in Art Galleries. Stricter Standard Set."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 03, 1909.  p.9.   Full-text pdf

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