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MORSE, Susan Mary

Saint John, New Brunswick, 1862
Ottawa, Ontario?, 1939
Biography synopsis
Known for her studies of flowers, Susan Mary Morse began her education at the Victoria School of Art in Halifax before leaving for New York to enrol at the Art Students' League. Following her American sojourn, she moved to Ottawa, where she continued her training under Franklin Brownell. Throughout her career, she exhibited with several societies, including the Art Associations of both Ottawa and Montreal (the latter in 1915), the Royal Canadian Academy (in 1913 and 1922) and the Ontario Society of Art (in 1928). Her work was also included in the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924.
Media used
Victoria School of Art and Design (now NSCAD)
Art Students' League, New York
Private study (under Franklin Brownell (Ottawa, Ont.))
File & Archive locations
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
University of Calgary Library, AB
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"High Standard Set by R.C.A. Pictures: Forty-Fourth Exhibition Opened With Private View Last Night." Gazette (Montreal) 17 Nov. 1922: 9.
"Much Good Work at R.C.A. Exhibition: Thirty-Fifth Annual Show Comprises Interesting Pictures by Local Artists." Gazette (Montreal) 21 Nov. 1913: 5.
British Empire Exhibition. A Portfolio of Pictures from the Canadian Section of Fine Arts. London, England: British Empire Exhibition, 1924.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Hughes, Margaret E. A Guide to Canadian Painters. Toronto: King's Printer, 1940.
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.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1915) "Spring Art Show Has 478 Exhibits. Even Excellence Dominant Note at Art Association Which Opened Last Night. Nothing Very Daring."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 26, 1915.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1916) "Art Works on View Set High Standard."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1916.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1920) "Art of Canadians Well Represented."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 19, 1920.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1922) "High Standard Set by R.C.A. Pictures. Forty-Fourth Exhibition Opened With Private View Last Night."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1922.  p.9.   Full-text pdf

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