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ABBOTT Phyllis Campbell

Born
Senneville?, ?
Died
Ste. Genevieve, 1997
Biography synopsis
Phyllis Campbell Abbott was the granddaughter of first Canadian-born Prime Minister Sir John Abbott (1891-92). She was likely the sister or cousin of Canadian artist Isabella Mary Abbott, though the connection is not confirmed. John Bethune Abbott, son of the Prime Minister and possibly Phyllis's father or uncle, was himself a landscape painter and the director of the Art Association of Montreal (1900-1919). She exhibited at the Spring Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1924 and at the Eaton Galleries in 1930. According to her nephew, John Abbott, she was a long time volunteer with the Victorian Order of Nurses, an avid naturalist and an athlete in her younger years. As a young woman, her fiancé was killed in a car accident just before her wedding. There is no record of a subsequent marriage.
Media used
Painting
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Art Association's Spring Exhibition: Private View Ushered in Showing of Representative Assemblage of Work." Gazette (Montreal) 3 Apr. 1925.
"Meritorious Work At Spring Exhibit: Mural Paintings in R.C.A. Competition Part of Entries at Art Gallery." Gazette (Montreal) 28 Mar. 1924.
"Miss Beatrice Lennie, Nelson-Born Sculptor, To Conduct Study Tour." Nelson Daily News 25 Feb. 1961.
"Montreal Artists Well Represented: High Standard Set at Spring Exhibition of Art Association." Gazette (Montreal) 16 Mar. 1923: 6.
"Profuse Variety Marks Art Show: Third Exhibition of Works by Quebec Artists at Eaton Galleries." Montreal Star 13 May 1930.
"Riviera Notes: Many English Visitors." Times (London) 24 Dec. 1921: 13.
Baile de Laperriere, Charles, ed. The Society of Women Artists Exhibitors, 1855-1996. Calne, Wiltshire, England: Hilmarton Manor Press, 1996.
Zacharias, Yvonne. "Phyllis Abbott was Granddaughter of First Canadian-Born PM." Gazette (Montreal) 4 Feb. 1997: A5.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1922) "Exhibits Drawn From Wide Area. Growing Importance of Spring Art Exhibition More Generally Recognized."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 21, 1922.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1923) "Montreal Artists Well Represented. High Standard Set at Spring Exhibition of Art Association."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 16, 1923.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 27, 1924) "Meritorious Work at Spring Exhibit. Mural Paintings in R.C.A. Competition Part of Entries at Art Gallery."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 28, 1924.  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 26, 1925) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 03, 1925.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1929) "Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries. Jury Selection Sympathetic to Sincere and Normal Work - Promise Shown by New Exhibitors."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1929.  p.12.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 15, 1934) "Art Association Spring Show Opens. Private View Inaugurates Exhibition Containing Over Five Hundred Works."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 20, 1934.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 15, 1934) "Fifty-First Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  April 20, 1934.  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Variety in Show at Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. 1,080 Items Submitted. Judges Reveal Open Minds and 52nd Annual Contains Much to Meet Differing Tastes."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1935.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 22, 1935.  p.17.   Full-text pdf

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