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NUTT, Elizabeth Styring

Born
Isle of Man, 1870
Died
Sheffield, England, 1946
Biography synopsis
Elizabeth Styring Nutt attended a private art school in Sheffield and then entered the Sheffield School of Art, where she studied with J.T. Cook, Henry Archer and others. Next she studied at Newlyn with Stanhope Forbes, and then in Paris at the Sorbonne and in Florence with Professor Simi. Returning to Sheffield she taught at the Firshill Branch Evening Art School and wrote columns on art subjects. In 1914 she completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Sheffield, and her thesis on colour was published. She exhibited with the Royal Academy, with the Sheffield Society of Artists and at the Paris Salon. In 1919 she was appointed Principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax. In 1925 she changed the name of the school to the Nova Scotia College of Art. She became a member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists (1922) and an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy (1929). She contributed a great deal to the development of Art Education in Nova Scotia. In 1943 she returned to Sheffield, where she died. She is represented in the collections of Dalhousie University, the National Gallery of Canada, and elsewhere.
Media used
Painting
Education
Sheffield School of Art (under J.T. Cook; Henry Archer)
Newlyn School of Art, Newlyn, England (under Stanhope Forbes)
Sorbonne
Private study (under Professor Simi, Florence)
Memberships
Nova Scotia Society of Artists, 1922; president 1930-1932
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Associate, 1929
Nova Scotia Society of Watercolour Painters, President, 1936
File & Archive locations
Archives of Ontario
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
A Century of Canadian Art. Ottawa and London: National Gallery of Canada and Tate Gallery, 1938.
"?" Arts Atlantic 2.2 (Sum-Fall 1979): 37.
"?" Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1932): 19-21.
"A Centennial Salute: AGNS Paintings by 15 NSCAD Studio Teachers." AGNS Journal & Calendar 3.3 (1986): 7-9.
"About People: Elizabeth Styring Nutt." MacLean's Magazine (1 Dec. 1928).
"Art Association 48th Spring Show High in Interest." Gazette (Montreal) 21 Mar. 1931.
"Art Association Spring Exhibition Opened Last Night." Montreal Herald 17 Mar. 1933.
"Art College Head Resigns." Halifax Mail 11 May 1943.
"Art College Principal for 24 Years Retires." Chronicle (Halifax) 11 May 1943.
"Big Attendance at Art Gallery Show." Gazette (Montreal) 28 Mar. 1937.
"Canadian Art Seen in Formative Phase." Halifax Mail 24 Mar. 1936.
"Collection of Paintings of 'Quality'." Halifax Mail 15 Oct. 1931.
"Elizabeth Nutt's life and work examined at Dal gallery exhibit." Mail Star (Halifax) 28 Nov. 1980.
"Elizabeth Styring Nutt Succumbs in England." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Apr. 1946.
"Elizabeth Styring Nutt." Halifax Chronicle Herald 29 Mar. 1946.
"Fine Work Marks R.C.A. Exhibition." Gazette (Montreal) 20 Nov. 1925.
"Gallery on trail of Nutt paintings." Mail Star (Halifax) 7 Oct. 1980.
"Halifax Lady Gives Splendid Lecture on Canadian Art." Times (Moncton) 6 Feb. 1925.
"History of Canadian Art Gives Comprehensive View." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Feb. 1944.
"In exhibiting three mountain studies [...]." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1933): 11-2.
"Is Presented With Painting." Halifax Star 12 May 1943.
"L'exposition du art gallery." La Patrie (Montreal) 25 Mar. 1931.
"Le Salon du Printemps." La Patrie (Montreal) 26 Mar. 1928: 17.
"Miss E. S. Nutt to Lecture." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Mar. 1936.
"Miss E.S. Nutt, Former Art College Head, Passes." Halifax Mail 28 Mar. 1946.
"Noted Teacher Retires." Star (Halifax) 12 May 1943.
"On Exhibition." Halifax Herald 16 Nov. 1938.
"Royal Canadian Academy of Arts." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Dec. 1929): 441.
"Shows Painting Of North West Arm." Mail Star (Halifax) 21 Feb. 1944.
"Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries: Younger Men and Women Encouraged by Jury of Selection." Gazette (Montreal) 23 Mar. 1928: 8.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Star (Montreal) 12 Mar. 1933.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Toronto Star 12 Mar. 1933.
"Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal." Toronto Star 22 Mar. 1933.
"Will Continue Fine Exhibit of Paintings." Star (Halifax) 13 Oct. 1931.
Art Association of Montreal. Catalogue of the Fifty-Third Spring Exhibition. Montreal: Art Association of Montreal, 1936.
Blakeley, Phyllis. "Key Roles Played by the Nova Scotia College of Art." Atlantic Advocate 57.9 (May 1967): 33-9.
Canadian National Exhibition. Contemporary Art of Canada and Newfoundland: Collection of the International Business Machines Corporation. New York: IBM Corporation, 1940.
Colgate, William. Canadian Art, its Origin and Development. Toronto: Ryerson, 1943.
Cranston, Marla. "Artistic legacy: Diamond Jubilee celebrates a group of artists who came together 75 years ago." Daily News (Halifax) 5 Dec. 1997: 41.
Dalhousie Art Gallery. Elizabeth S. Nutt: Heart and Head and Hand, Paintings from Nova Scotia Collections. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1981.
Dalhousie Art Gallery. Nova Scotian Women Artists in the Collection of Tony Saulnier. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1993.
Davies, Blodwen. "Canadian Women of Brush and Chisel." Chatelaine 3 (Jun. 1930): 9, 42.
Grier, E. Wyly. "The Forty-Ninth Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy." Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 5.1 (Jan. 1928): 19-24.
Haviland, Richard H. "Canadian Art and Artists - Miss Elizabeth S. Nutt, A.R.C.A." Montreal Standard 18 Feb. 1939.
Hubbard, R. H. National Gallery of Canada, Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Volume 3. Ottawa: Published for the Trustees by University of Toronto Press, 1960.
Jones, Hugh Griffith. History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Montreal: T.A. Dickson, 1934.
Kelly, Gemey. Backgrounds: Ten Nova Scotia Women Artists. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1984.
Kelly, Gemey. Elizabeth S. Nutt: Heart and Head and Hand; Paintings from Nova Scotia Collections. Halifax: Dalhousie University, 1981.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/description-about.app?lang=en.
MacTavish, Newton. Ars Longa. Toronto: The Ontario Publishing Co., 1925.
Maritime Art Association. Paintings by Artists of the Maritime Provinces. Wolfville: Maritime Art Association, 1935.
McC., P. "History of Canadian Art Gives Comprehensive View." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Feb. 1944.
Morgan-Powell, S. "Museums - A Spring Exhibition." Montreal Star 22 Mar. 1929.
National Gallery of Canada. Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture: Canadian School. Ottawa: Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, 1957.
National Gallery of Canada. Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Painting. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1936.
O'Neill, Mora Dianne. Choosing Their Own Path: Canadian Women Impressionists. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2001.
O'Neill, Mora Dianne. Diamond Jubilee: Nova Scotia Society of Artists. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1998.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1930. Toronto: 1930.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Sixtieth Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1932. Toronto: 1932.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Sixty-Second Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1934. Toronto: 1934.
Reynald. "À propos du vol au Salon du Printemps." La Presse (Montreal) 20 Apr. 1933.
Robson, Albert Henry. Canadian Landscape Painters. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1932.
Rose, Peter. "Canadian artist's identity a mystery." Antiques and Art 6.4 (Apr-May 1980).
Smith, Josephine. Training, early professional career and publicatoins of the Sheffield artist and art educator Elizabeth Styring Nutt (1870-1946). Leicester: De Montfort University, 2000.
Soucy, Donald. Training for art-related employment: community support for Halifax's art school, 1887-1943. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1996.
Stacey, Robert. "Eighty: 1887-1967." Eighty/Twenty: 100 Years of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1988.
Stephenson, Marilla. "Dedication Sunday for Art Gallery Salon." Mail Star (Halifax) 25 Apr. 1989.
Tooby, Michael. Our Home and Native Land: Sheffield's Canadian Artists, Arthur Lismer, Elizabeth Nutt, Stanley Royle, Frederick H. Varley and their cotemporaries. Sheffield: Mappin Art Gallery, 1991.
Zwicker, Leroy. "Art in Nova Scotia." Canadian Art 3.1 (Oct. 1945): 14-7.

Writings by
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Significance" or Flower Drawing with the Children. Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd, 1916; reprinted 1921.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Why" in the drawing lesson. Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd, 1929.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. Canadian Art. Halifax: Nova Scotia College of Art, 1934.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. World of Appearance. Sheffield, England: Parker Bros, 1935.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Art in Canada." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 11 Apr. 1929.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Art's Place in the Community" [Text of address by Nutt at Truro, Nova Scotia] Chronicle (Halifax) 5 Dec. 1921.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Nova Scotian Art Making Progress" (Text of address by Nutt at Maritime Women's Club of Montreal) Gazette (Montreal) March 24, 1936.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Training in Art Need in Schools." [Text of address given by Nutt at Women's Art Society, Montreal] Gazette (Montreal) 25 Mar. 1936.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 22, 1923) A. S. Wrenshall.  "Toronto"  American Art News  December 01, 1923.  22.8: p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 22, 1923) "Contrasted Styles in Canadian Art."  Mail and Empire (Toronto)  December 26, 1923.  p.5.   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) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Academy Exhibition Canvases That Have Attracted Attention."  Montreal Star  December 16, 1925.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 18, 1926) F. H. Brigden.  "The Academy Exhibition."  Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  January 1927.  p.17,19-26.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 24, 1927) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Forty-Ninth Annual R.C.A. Exhibition at Art Galleries Here."  Montreal Star  November 25, 1927.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 24, 1927) "R.C.A. Exhibition Nearing Jubilee. Much Meritorious Work Shown, but Younger Painters Tend to Shallowness and Emptiness."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 25, 1927.  p.7.   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 22, 1928) "Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries. Younger Men and Women Encouraged by Jury of Selection."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 23, 1928.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 29, 1928) N. H..  "Canadian Art Reaches Peak at R.C.A. Show."  Evening Telegram (Toronto)  December 08, 1928.  p.32.   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
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 21, 1929) "R.C.A. Show Opened with Private View. Fifty-first Annual Exhibition Housed in Art Association Galleries."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 22, 1929.  p.18.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 1930) "R.C.A. Exhibition Opens At Toronto."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 08, 1930.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 20, 1931) "Art Association 48th Spring Show High In Interest."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 21, 1931.  p.16.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) "Canadian Artists Are Well Represented At R.C.A. Exhibition."  Montreal Star  November 20, 1931.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) "Wide Range of Art In R.C.A. Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 20, 1931.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) "Fine Work at Royal Academy. Best Balanced Show In Recent Years, Is Verdict."  Evening Free Press (London, Ontario)  November 21, 1931.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) "Landscapes, Portraits, Water Colors, Sculpture, Viewed at Exhibition of Royal Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  November 25, 1931.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) W. S. Maxwell.  "Fifty-Second Annual Exhibition, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts."  Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  January 1932.  9.1: pp.14-21.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1932.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 18, 1932.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1932) Hector Charlesworth.  "O.S.A's Sixtieth Show."  Toronto Saturday Night  March 19, 1932.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 1932) Pearl McCarthy.  "Royal Academy Exhibition Is Broadly Representative."  Mail and Empire (Toronto)  November 04, 1932.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 1932) "The Royal Canadian Academy."  Canadian Homes and Gardens  December 1932.  9:12: pp.21-23,42.   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
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Art Association Spring Exhibition Opened Last Night."  Herald (Montreal)  March 17, 1933.  p.?.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal"  Montreal Star  March 22, 1933.  17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) Reynald.  "A propos du vol au Salon du Printemps. L'Art Association n'est pas engagée vis-à-vis les artistes volés. — La garde des trésors. — Le pinascope au Louvre. — Portraits nostalgiques d'Oscar de Lall. Les prix Jessie Dow."  La Presse  April 20, 1933.  p.20.   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 1933) "Many Artists from Toronto in Royal Academy Showing."  Evening Telegram (Toronto)  November 17, 1933.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) H. Rooney Pelletier.  "Better Technique Noted at R.C.A. Arts Display."  Ottawa Citizen  November 17, 1933.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) H. Rooney Pelletier.  "Canada's Art Exhibit Reveals New Ability. Increased Average of Mature Technique Noted at Opening."  Mail and Empire (Toronto)  November 17, 1933.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) "Art Gallery is Needed. Royal Canadian Academy for 1933 has Notable Pictures."  Windsor Star  December 14, 1933.  p.18.   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) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 22, 1935.  p.17.   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
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
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Annual Spring Exhibition at Art Association."  Montreal Star  March 20, 1936.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Spring Exhibition on Generous Scale. Show at Art Gallery Opened Last Night Contains 621 Items."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 20, 1936.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 18, 1937) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 19, 1937.  p.13,17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 18, 1937) "The Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  March 19, 1937.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 16, 1939) "Canadian Academy Opens Sixtieth Exhibition."  Montreal Star  November 17, 1939.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 16, 1939) "R.C.A. Exhibition Has Private View. Over 300 Works in Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. Standard Maintained."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1939.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  March 21, 1940.  p.19.   Full-text pdf

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