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JAMESON, Anna Brownell

Dublin, Ireland, 1794
Ealing, England, 1860
Biography synopsis
Anna Murphy Brownell Jameson was an amateur artist and critic. Originally from Ireland, her family moved to England just before the rebellion. She later came to Canada with her husband, amateur painter Robert S. Jameson, after he was appointed Attorney-General of Upper Canada in 1836. During the fifteen months spent in Canada she traveled throughout the Great Lake region, recording her travels extensively through writing and illustration in her book "Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada." She also wrote on various art subjects as a critic in the books "Sacred and Legendary Art" and "Early Italian Painters." Her books were widely read and respected, and she was best known as an author, an art and literary critic, and feminist.
Media used
Book illustration
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Brown University Library, RI
Morgan Library and Museum, NY
New York Public Library - Archives & Manuscripts Division
Folger Shakespeare Library, DC
Bibliothèque nationale de France

Writings about
Birkwood, Maria Susan. Different Sides of the Picture: Four women's views of Canada (1816-1838). Ontario: University of Western Ontario, 1997
Bryan, Michael. Bryan's Dictionary of Painter's and Engravers: Biographical and Critical. New York: MacMillan, 1925
Colombo, John Robert. Colombo's Canadian References. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1976
F. Herrmann. "Mrs. Jameson's Companion to the Most Celebrated Private Galleries of Art in London." Connoisseur 162 (May 1966): 31-35, 102-106
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
Hensel, Wilhelm. "Anna Brownell Jameson, née Murphy." 19th Century Society Portraits. London: Goethe Institute, 1986
Holcomb, A. M. "A.-F. Rio, Anna Jameson and Some Sources of the Second Colume of Modern Painters by Ruskin." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 6.91 (Jan. 1978): 1-20
Kear, Celine. "Canada's First Literary Ladies." Beaver 82.1 (Feb-Mar. 2002): 15-18
Marsh, James H, ed. Canadian Encyclopedia. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1988
McKenzie, Ruth. "Fanny Amelia Bayfield (Wright)." Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Ottawa: Libraries and Archives Canada, 2008
Robbins, John Everett, ed. Encyclopedia Canadiana. Ottawa: Canadiana Company of Canada, Grolier Society of Canada, 1957
Roy, Wendy. "'Here is the picture as well as I can paint it': Anna Jameson's Illustrations for 'Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada.'" Canadian Literature 177 (Summer 2003): 97-119
Ryder, Ilona. "The influence of German Romanticism in Ann Brownell Jameson's "'Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada.'" Alberta: University of Alberta, 1994
Sampson, Margaret Virginia. Building Nation, Writing Self: The Autobiographical Writings of Anna Jameson, Susanna Moodie, and Catharine Parr Traill. Halifax: Dalhousie University, 1992
Sutherland, Katherine Gail. Bloodletters: Configurations of Female Sexuality in Canadian Women's Writing. Ontario: York University, 1993

Writings by
Jameson, Anna Brownell. Early Canadian Sketches. Toronto: Burns & MacEachern Ltd, 1959
Jameson, Anna Brownell. Memoirs of Early Italian Painters. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1896
Jameson, Anna Brownell. "Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts." Sacred and Legendary Art, 7th edition. London: Longmans, Green, 1885
Jameson, Anna Brownell Murphy. Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. Toronto: Nelson, 1943

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