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ALEXANDER, Lady Eveline Marie

Nantes, France, 1821
Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, 1906
Biography synopsis
Little biographical information has survived about this amateur painter in oil and watercolour, known for her sleighing scenes. The daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cornwallis Michell (1793-1851) of the Royal Artillery, Lady Eveline Marie Alexander (née Michell) may have learned to draw and paint from her father, who was military drawing master at the Royal Military College. In 1837, she married Sir James Edward Alexander at the Cape of Good Hope; they had five children. She joined him on his Canadian tour of duty from 1841-49 when he served with the 14th Regiment of Foot and was aide-de-camp to Sir Benjamin D'Urban and Sir William Rowan. While in Canada, she made a sketch of a military steeplechase in London, Ontario which was later lithographed. Her prints can be found in the John Ross Robertson Collection, Toronto Public Library, and the W.H. Coverdale Collection, Manoir Richelieu, Quebec (now Warnock-Hersey Co., Montreal).
Media used
File & Archive locations
Frick Art Reference Library, NY
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada, ON - Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana

Writings about
Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Leipzig: G. K. Saur, 1992
Colley, Linda. "The People Above in Eighteenth-Century Britain." Historical Journal (U.K.) 24.4 (1981): 971-79
Cooke, W. Martha E. W. H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana: Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Manoir Richelieu Collection. Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1983
Downie, Mary A.. Early Voices: Portraits of Canada by Women Writers, 1639-1914 [features a sketch by Lady Eveline Marie Alexander]. Toronto, ON.: Dundurn Press Ltd., 2010
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985
Richings, Gordon. The Life and Work of Charles Michell. Simon's Town: Fernwood Press, 2006
Robertson, John Ross, ed. Landmarks of Canada: A Guide to the J. Ross Robertson Historical Collection in the Public Reference Library, Toronto. Toronto: 1917
Stephen, Leslie and Sidney Lee, eds. Dictionary of National Biography. London, England: Smith, Elder and Co, 1901
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001

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