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New York, United States, 1788
Montreal, Quebec, 1865
Biography synopsis
Married in c.1810 to artist George Godsell Thresher, Eliza Thresher (née Wilson Brooks) moved around a great deal, living at different times in Philadelphia, Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown and Pictou as the couple attempted to make a suitable living. In Montreal (1816) George and Eliza Thresher conducted an academy teaching drawing in crayon and chalk and painting in water colours and oils. In order to augment their income while in Halifax (1821-23), Eliza operated a school for young ladies. When the family moved to Charlottetown, she opened another school (1830) where a variety of subjects were taught and her daughters taught drawing and painting in a variety of media. Her oil painting, "Man with Pipe" (c.1848) is in the collection of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"?" Quebec Telegraph 1 Jun. 1816.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
Rogers, Irene L. Charlottetown: The Life in Its Buildings. Charlottetown: Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, 1983.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
Williamson, Moncrieff. "Visual Arts." Canadian Antiques Collector 8.2 (Mar-Apr. 1973): 50-52.

Writings by
Morrison, Robert and Eliza. Memoirs of the Life and Labours of Robert Morrison, compiled by his widow, Eliza Morrison. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839.
Thresher, E. W. "Classified Ad." Acadian Recorder (Halifax) 8 Sept. 1821.
Thresher, E. W. "Classified Ad." Acadian Recorder (Halifax) 30 Aug. 1823.
Thresher, E. W. "Classified Ad." Acadian Recorder (Halifax) 10 Feb. 1821.
Thresher, E. W. "Classified Ad." Prince Edward Island Register (Charlottetown) 1 Jun. 1830.

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