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CARR, Edith

California, United States, 1856
Victoria, British Columbia, 1919
Biography synopsis
The older sister of the famous Emily Carr, Edith Carr took on the responsibilities of raising her younger siblings after her parents died. Emily Carr describes her as a caring and devoted woman who tried to improve the lives of all those around her. However, she was also very strong-willed and could be a strict disciplinarian if necessary. Although she never achieved the renown of her younger sister, she was a skilled painter on china, taking home the first prize for china-painting at the Victoria Fall Fair in 1904. She also sold her works at the Reformed Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar. One of the founders of the YWCA in Victoria, Edith lived in the Carr family home from the year after they arrived in Victoria (1863) until her death.
Media used
China painting
File & Archive locations
British Columbia Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Museum adds rare Carr art to its exhibit" The Province (Vancouver) Vancouver: (27 January 2002): B9.
Blanchard, Paula. Life of Emily Carr Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1987.
Hembroff-Schleicher, Edythe. Emily Carr, The Untold Story. Seattle: Hancock House, 1978?.
Hembroff-Schleicher, Edythe. The Modern Room. Victoria: Emily Carr Gallery of the Pronvincial Archives of BC, 1981.
Maltwood Museum and Gallery. A Woman's Place: Art and the Role of Women in the Cultural Formation of Victoria, B.C., 1850s-1920s. Victoria: Maltwood Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, 2004.
Tippett, Maria. Emily Carr: A Biography Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

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