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BROOKS, Maria

Born
Staines, Middlesex, England, 1837
Died
New York, New York, 1913
Biography synopsis
Known for her oil portraits, landscapes, genre, and flower paintings, Maria Brooks studied at the South Kensington and Royal Academy Schools in London. She opened a studio in the Windsor Hotel, Montreal, in 1881, and was known to be working in Quebec City in 1886. Sometime after this, she left Canada for the United States, painting in New York in 1889 and 1900. She was a member of the American Watercolour Society and the Society of British Artists. Societies with which Brooks exhibited include the Royal Academy (1869-90), the Art Association of Montreal (1883-92), the Royal Canadian Academy (1885-86), the Ontario Society of Artists (1885) and the Brooklyn Art Association (1891-92). Her works were also shown at exhibitions in Charlotte, N.C., and Syracuse, N.Y. (1898), both of which garnered her a medal.
Media used
Oil
Painting
Watercolour
Education
South Kensington Art Schools
Royal Academy, London
Memberships
American Water color Society
Society of British Artists
File & Archive locations
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Le Journal de Québec. Québec: 16 Jan. 1886: 3.
[An Exhibition of Paintings by] Maria Brooks, February 8-February 29, 1890. 1890.
"Acquisitions, March 2 Through May 3, 1923." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin (Boston, Mass.) Boston: 21. 125 (June 1923): 44.
"Art Awards at Buffalo: A Large Number of Medals Granted by the Jurors." New York Times 7 Aug. 1901: 7.
"Pictures at the Gallery of the Art Association." Gazette (Montreal) 7 May 1842.
"The Royal Academy." Week (Toronto) 2.27 (4 Jun. 1885): 420-22.
"The Society of British Artists." Times (London) 27 Nov. 1883: 10.
American Federation of Arts. American Art Annual, 1903. Washington, DC and New York: American Federation of Arts, 1903.
Bacon, Edgar Matthew, et al. "The Making of Masterpieces." Quarterly Illustrator 1.4 (Oct-Dec 1893): 297-312.
Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Paris: Librairie Grund, 1976.
Dignam, M. E. "Women as Portrait Painters." Saturday Globe (Toronto) 24 Aug. 1895: 1- 2.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Huneault, Kristina. "Flower-Girls and Fictions: Selling on the Streets." RACAR 23.1-2 (1996): 52-70.
Ledieu, Léon. "Entre-nous." Le Monde Illustré (Montreal) 27 (8 Nov 1884): 210.
Levy, Florence Nightingale, ed. American Art Directory, 1903. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1903.
Mahlstick. "Royal Canadian Academy Exhibition." Week (Toronto) 25 (21 May 1885): 390-91.
Marlor, Clark S. A History of the Brooklyn Art Association with an Index of Exhibitions. New York, NY: James F. Carr, 1970.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 1883) "The Art Exhibition. The Oil Paintings - Portraits, Figures and Character Studies."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 16, 1883.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 1885) "Art Association. The Spring Exhibition-A Few More Oil Paintings Mentioned."  Mntl Herald & Daily Commercial Gazette  April 13, 1885.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 1885) "The Art Association. Opening Exhibition. Story Pictures and Portraits"  Mtl Herald & Daily Commercial Gazette  April 14, 1885.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 1885) "The Art Gallery. Opening of the Spring Exhibition - The Finest Display on Record of Native Art Work."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 14, 1885.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 1885) W..  "The Spring Exhibition. Rambling Notes."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 28, 1885.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA.: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "Canadian Art. The Royal Canadian Academy and the Ontario Society of Artists. Combined Exhibition. President Wilson and Hon. G.W. Ross Deliver Addresses. The Private View."  Globe (Toronto)  May 15, 1885.  p. 6.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "Canadian Art. The Royal Canadian Academy and the Ontario Society of Artists. Combined Exhibition. President Wilson and Hon. G.W. Ross Deliver Addresses. Private View."  Globe (Toronto)  May 15, 1885.  p. 6.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA.: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "A Look at the Pictures. What our Artists are Doing."  Evening Telegram (Toronto)  May 18, 1885.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "A Look at the Pictures. What our Artists are Doing."  Evening Telegram  May 18, 1885.  p. 1.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) Mahlstick..  "Royal Canadian Academy Exhibition."  The Week  May 21, 1885.  p. 390-391.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA.: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "The Royal Academy."  The Week (Toronto)  June 04, 1885.  p.420-422.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto, May 14, 1885) "The Royal Academy."  The Week  June 04, 1885.  p. 420-422.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Ottawa, February 1886) "Royal Academy Exhibition. Second Notice."  Ottawa Daily Citizen  February 04, 1886.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Ottawa, February 1886) "Royal Academy. Additional Notes on the Exhibition."  Ottawa Daily Citizen  February 09, 1886.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 20, 1891) "Canadian Art. Spring Exhibition at the Gallery. Montreal Artists to the Fore - A Description of Some of the Pictures."  Montreal Star  April 21, 1891.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 19, 1892) "Exhibition of Canadian Art. The Opening and Reception Night."  Daily Witness (Montreal)  April 19, 1892.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 19, 1892) "Seen at the Exhibition. Further Notices of Some of the Pictures. A Pretty Painting by Ahrens."  Montreal Herald  April 20, 1892.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 19, 1892) "The Art Gallery. Further Review of the Exhibition's Pictures."  Montreal Herald  April 30, 1892.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 19, 1892) "The Spring Exhibition. Some Notes and Comments on the Pictures at the Gallery of the Art Association."  Gazette (Montreal)  May 07, 1892.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 19, 1892) "The Art Gallery. Last Words on the Spring Exhibition at the Art Galleries."  Daily Witness (Montreal)  May 10, 1892.  p.7.   Full-text pdf

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