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KANE, Harriet Clench

Cobourg, Ontario, 1823
York, Ontario, 1892
Biography synopsis
Daughter of F.S. Clench, a cabinet maker in Cobourg Ontario, Harriet Kane (nee Clench) painted figures, landscapes, and flowers in watercolours and oils. In 1853, she married the painter Paul Kane. With her help, Paul Kane turned his journals into a book, entitled "Wanderings of An Artist Among the Indians of North America." Awarded several prizes for her work, Kane was active from 1853 to 1892, and showed her work in the Upper Canada Provincial exhibition in 1849.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Trent University Archives, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Dignam, Mary Ella. "Canadian Women in the Development of Art." Women of Canada: Their Life and Work. Toronto: National Council of Women of Canada, 1900
Guillet, Edwin Clarence. The Valley of the Trent. Toronto: Champlain Society, 1957
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
Humphreys, Danda. "Celebrated artist was Irish-born." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 13 Aug. 2000: B3
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985
Reid, Denis. "Identifying a Long- (and still) Lost Early Paul Kane Painting, and Attributing a Related Work to Robert C. Todd." Journal of Canadian Art History 21 (2000): 62-73
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992
Wiebe, Rudy. "Watch for two coyotes, crossing." Toronto Saturday Night 113.3 (April 1998): 50-60
Young, Pamela. "By a Lady: Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women- Book Review." Maclean's 105.45 (9 Nov. 1992): 110

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