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L'AUBINIÈRE, Georgina Martha de

Balsall Heath, West Midlands, England, 1848
Bodmin, Cornwall, England, 1930
Biography synopsis
The daughter of English watercolourist John Steeple, Georgina Martha de L'Aubinière studied art in England for several years and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. She moved to Paris where she met fellow artist Constant de L'Aubinière, whom she married in 1874. While in France, she studied with Corot and Gérome and exhibited at the Cercle des Arts Libéraux in 1882. After touring France and England, the artist couple traveled to North America in 1882. They lectured, painted and exhibited from coast to coast until 1885-86. In Colorado L'Aubinière depicted mountain scenery before going with her husband to paint in California and British Columbia. She lived in Montreal for several years and painted Montmorency in 1888. Queen Victoria was an admirer of her work, purchasing two paintings in 1880, and receiving a series of the artist's British Columbian landscapes from the Provincial Legislature in 1887. Her work can be found in the Dominion Gallery, Montreal.
Media used
Private study (under Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, France)
Private study (under Jean-Léon Gérome, France)
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Frick Art Reference Library, NY
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"A Perfect Art Gallery at the Victoria Armory." Montreal Herald and Daily Commercial Magazine Gazette 11 Mar. 1889: 8
"An Artistic Treat." Daily Colonist (Victoria) 24 Jun. 1887: 4
"Archives to Gain Painting." Daily Colonist (Victoria) 20 May 1952: 13
"M. and Mme. de L'Aubinière's Works." New York Times 26 Mar. 1884: 5
"Notes from Other Papers." Studio 1.22 (1883): 236-37
"Springtime, Montmorency." Gazette (Montreal) 8 Jul. 1950
Baillargeon, Christiane. "Femmes artistes connaitre l'art autre." Vie des Arts 215 (Summer 2009): 40-43
Clark, Cecil. "Yesterday, Today." Victorian (Victoria) 29 Nov. 1976: 4
Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Works from its Foundations in 1769 to 1904. London: Henry Graves & Co. and George Bell & Sons, 1905
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
Johnson, Jane and A. Greutzer. Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1976
Johnson-Dean, Christina. "British Columbia. Women Artists, 1885-1920." British Columbia Women Artists, 1885-1985. Victoria: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1985
Johnson-Dean, Christina B. The Crease Family Archives: A Record of Settlement and Service in British Columbia. Victoria, British Columbia: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1982
Kovinick, Phil, and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. "Western Women Artists." Southwest Art 28.6 (Nov. 1998): 76-85
Lover, John Gordon. The Victoria Sketch Club: A Centennial Celebration, 1909-2009 Victoria, B.C.: Victoria Sketch Club, 2008
M. Hicks and Company. Catalogue of 253 Oil Paintings and Water Color Drawings by M. and Mme. C. A. de L'Aubinière Consisting of Canadian and American Scenery. Montreal: M. Hicks and Company, 1889
M. Hicks and Company. The L'Aubinière Collection. Montreal: M. Hicks and Company, 1888
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.
Major-Marothy, Eva. "Tea in BC?." British Columbia Historical News 35.1 (Winter 2001-02): 32
Nesbitt, James K. "Victoria's Early Art Exhibition Dress-Up Affair." Daily Colonist (Victoria) 5 Dec. 1971: 6
Paradis, Michelle et Guy. La Ville de Québec: Le fleuve et ses voiliers. Quebec: Museé du Québec, 1984
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985
Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibitions 1905-1970: A Dictionary of Artists and their Work in the Summer Exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts. East Ardsley: EP Publishing, 1982
Tippett, Maria and Douglas Cole. From Desolation to Splendour: Changing Perceptions of the British Columbia Landscape Toronto: Clarke, Irwin and Company Ltd, 1977
Trepanier, Esther and Landry, Pierre. Femmes artistes du XXe siecle au Quebec: Oeuvres du Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec. Quebec, Quebec: Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec, 2010.
Vancouver Art Gallery. 100 Years of B.C. Art. Vancouver: 1958

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