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?, 1825
?, 1883
Biography synopsis
Mary R. McKie (active 1840-1862) was an amateur artist who taught and worked in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She studied with Maria Morris and showed her work at the Nova Scotia Industrial Exhibition in 1854 and the International Exhibition of 1862. Her drawings and watercolors are found in various albums in the National Library and Archives of Canada. Most of her works represent Mi'kmaq peoples; however, she also worked in landscapes. A few watercolour portraits of Mi'kmaq and black subjects were sold to Lady Falkland and included in her album while her husband was Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia from 1840-46. In 1861 McKie moved to England.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Bell, Michael. Painters in a New Land: From Annapolis Royal to the Klondike. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973
Burant, Jim, et al. A Place in History: Twenty Years of Acquiring Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the National Archives of Canada. Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1991
Carter, Alixe. "They Recorded an Exciting Period." Ottawa Journal 11 Feb. 1972: 25
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
O'Neill, Mora, Dianne. "A Path to Learning: Early Nova Scotian Women Artists." Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Journal 39 (Spring/Summer 2012): 26
Public Archives of Canada. Image of Canada: Documentary Watercolours and Drawings from the Permanent Collection of the Public Archives of Canada Ottawa: Information Canada, 1972
Sparling, Mary. "Nova Scotia Women and the Ornamental Branches." Great Expectations: the European Vision in Nova Scotia: 1749-1848. Halifax: Mount Saint Vincent University, 1980: 53-72
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "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)  .  p.3.   Full-text pdf

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