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DALY, Rita (Marguerite Mary)

Born
Montreal, 1892
Died
Montreal, 1963
Biography synopsis
Rita Daly was born in Montreal to Sarsfield and Jennie Daly. She contracted rheumatic fever as a child which left her with cardiac issues for the remainder of her life. Daly developed an interest in art at an early age while attending Convent Schools. She later attended Quebec Conseil des Arts et Manufactures, followed by seven years study with William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal. Rita Daly participated in both the Art Association of Montreal and the Royal Canadian Academy annual exhibitions. During her life she lived in Montreal, Chicoutimi, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Finally, she built a bungalow in Rawdon, Quebec to be closer to her family. Daly did not sell many paintings, mainly due to her reluctance to part with those works she thought good and an equal reluctance to sell those she did not think were good enough to bear her signature. As a consequence, she did not receive the level of name-recognition achieved by some of her contemporaries such as Prudence Heward and Lilias Torrance. Daly's painting output waned in her later years due to her health, however she did develop an interest in photography when she was in her 60's.
Media used
Oil
Painting
Education
Art Association of Montreal (under William Brymner)
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
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"A Spring Exhibition." Star (Montreal) 22 Mar. 1929.
"Art Works on View Set High Standard: Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Royal Canadian Academy is Opened." Gazette (Montreal) 17 Nov. 1916.
"Exposition artistique à Montréal." La Presse (Montreal) 21 Mar. 1919: 21.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Star (Montreal) 12 Mar. 1933.
Morgan-Powell, S. "Spring Exhibition At Art Gallery Is An Indifferent Show." Montreal Star 7 Apr. 1926: 6.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1913) "Spring Exhibition at Art Gallery. Opened for Private View Last Night with Many Meritorious Works. Some Post Impressions."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 26, 1913.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1913) William R. Watson.  "Canadian Spirit in Local Pictures. Personal Views on Works Now Being Shown at Art Association."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 16, 1913.  p.14.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 27, 1914) "Variety in Spring Picture Exhibit. Private View Opened 31st Spring Show at Art Gallery Last Night. Works Number Over 400. Sanity, Sincerity and Progress Characterize Majority of Pictures-Various Branches Well Represented."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 27, 1914.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1915) Fabien, Henri.  "Chronique d'art. Le salon du printemps. I."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  April 10, 1915.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1915) "Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Open Galleries. 288 Fine Pictures on Exhibition at 37th Annual Exhibition."  Montreal Herald  November 19, 1915.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1915) "Martial Note in Pictures Shown. Royal Canadian Academy Exhibition Has Work by Artists Now at Front."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 19, 1915.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1915) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Exhibition is Here for Month. Some Attractive Works Along Interesting Lines are Hung. Frames Show an Improvement. Several Artists Manifest Determination to Break from Tradition."  Montreal Star  November 22, 1915.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1915) Henri Fabien.  "Beaux-arts. Le salon d'automne à la galerie des arts."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  November 26, 1915.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1916) "Younger Artists Well Represented. Some Leading Exhibitors Are Absent from Thirty-Third Spring Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 24, 1916.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1916) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Some Pictures. Further Notes on Pictures at the Spring Show."  Montreal Star  March 29, 1916.  p.14,21.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1916) Henri Fabien.  "Au salon du printemps. Peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs."  Le Devoir (Montréal)  April 03, 1916.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1916) "Art Works on View Set High Standard."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1916.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 22, 1917) "No Freak Pictures at Spring Show. Big Exhibition at Art Gallery but Works Small in Size. An Added Attraction: French War Posters, Medals and Souvenirs on View to Aid Red Cross Work."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 23, 1917.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto; Montreal (Fall), April 05, 1918) "Spring Exhibit at Art Gallery. Returned Soldier Exhibits Two Works Sketched at the Front. Four Artists Overseas. Late Exhibition of R.C.A. Held Works that Usually Came to Montreal - Good Watercolors."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 05, 1918.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 04, 1918) "Spring Exhibition at Art Gallery. Returned Soldier Exhibits Two Works Sketched at the Front."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 05, 1918.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto; Montreal (Fall), April 05, 1918) "War-time Note in Academy Pictures. Camouflaged Shipping the Subject of Some Historically Interesting Works. Standard Maintained. Painters Producing Fewer Works Evidenced by Showing Pictures Exhibited Last Spring in Toronto."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 22, 1918.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 20, 1919) "Exposition artistique a Montreal. Ouverture du Salon des peintres et des sculpteurs a la Art Association."  La Presse  March 21, 1919.  p.21.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 20, 1919) "L'ouverture du salon."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 22, 1919.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1920) "Royal Canadian Academy Forty-Second Exhibition."  Montreal Herald  November 19, 1920.  p.30.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1920) "Art of Canadians Well Represented."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 19, 1920.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1920) "Ouverture de l'exposition de peintures. Nos artistes s'affirment comme de vigoureux et hardis coloristes."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 19, 1920.  p.24.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1920) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Royal Canadian Academy's 42nd Exhibition Open."  Montreal Star  November 19, 1920.  p.30.   Full-text pdf
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 21, 1922) "Quelques heros de Louis Hemon en sculpture. Maria Chapdelaine, son père et sa mère figurent au Salon des Artistes. Oeuvres de Suzor Cote."  La Presse (Montreal)  March 24, 1922.  p.12.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1922) S. Morgan-Powell.  "A Final Glance Around the Art Exhibition Here. II."  Montreal Daily Star  April 12, 1922.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1922) "High Standard Set by R.C.A. Pictures. Forty-Fourth Exhibition Opened With Private View Last Night."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1922.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1925) "Fine Work Marks R.C.A. Exhibition. New Schools Offer Contrast to Solidly-Based Qualities of Older and Established Painters."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 20, 1925.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1925) "Toiles remarquables par les peintres de Toronto."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 23, 1925.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1926) "Private View Held at Art Exhibition. Committee of Selection Had to Perform Obviously Difficult Task. Many Omissions Noted."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 29, 1926.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1926) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries Is an Indifferent Show."  Montreal Star  April 07, 1926.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1927) "Over 300 Exhibits in Spring Art Show. Forty-fourth Exhibition Opened with Private View Last Night. Will Close April 18. Landscapes and Marines Predominate - Some Prominent Artists and Several of Younger Group Unrepresented."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 25, 1927.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 24, 1927) Albert Laberge.  "Appréciation de quelques toiles du Salon des artistes Canadiens."  La Presse (Montreal)  December 03, 1927.  p.52.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1929) S. Morgan-Powell.  "The Spring Exhibition."  Star (Montreal)  March 22, 1929.  p.8.   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, March 21, 1929) Albert Laberge.  "Nouvelle visite au salon des peintres Canadiens. Intéressants tableaux par Alex Jackson, Rita Mount, Christina Harrington, George Fox, F.S. Coburn - De superbes lithographies par Gordon Lyman et de vigoureuses pointes-sèches par Kathleen Daly."  La Presse (Montreal)  March 28, 1929.  p.16.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1930) "Spring Exhibition Has Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1930.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Was Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 17, 1933.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "50th Spring Show Opened to Public. Jury Shows Open Mind. From Over 1,000 Entries, 543 Works Representative of Various Schools Have Been Selected."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 17, 1933.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) "Governor-General Opens Annual Art Exhibition. His Excellency Recalls Tradition of Predecessors-Stresses Art's Part in Renaissance of National Taste."  Montreal Star  November 17, 1933.  p.20.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "The Fifty-Sixth Exhibition of the Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  November 22, 1935.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "Art Gallery Scene of R.C.A. Exhibition. Paintings and Other Works from Various Canadian Points Total 444. Much Good Portraiture."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 23, 1935.  p.19.   Full-text pdf

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