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JONES, Jacobine

London, England, 1897
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1976
Biography synopsis
The sculptor Phyllis Jacobine Jones was born in England [her birth date is often documented incorrectly as 1898] and studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London with Harold Brownsword. She also studied in Italy, Denmark and France and exhibited at the Paris Salon, at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Scottish Academy. She came to Canada in 1932, settling in York Mills. In 1933 she was given space at the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, where she made sculptures of animals. She exhibited in "A Century of Canadian Art" at the Tate gallery (1938) and at the New York World’s Fair (1939). She taught at the Northern Vocational School, Toronto and at the Ontario College of Art where she was Director of Sculpture (1951-1956). She had a solo show at Rodman Hall in St. Catherines in 1969. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (Associate, 1943; Academician, 1954). She completed a number of large-scale commissions for public buildings and her work is owned by the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the University of Guelph.
Media used
Mural painting and decoration
Regent Street Polytechnic, London, England (under Harold Brownsword)
Sculptors' Society of Canada, 1939
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Associate, 1943; Academician, 1954
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
London Public Library, ON
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
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Queen's University Archives, ON
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
University of Guelph, ON - Archival & Special Collections

Writings about
"'Greenacres' Home for the Aged Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Nov. 1957): 422
"Art & Artists - Fifteen-Foot Panel in Stone A New Sculpture for Toronto." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 6 Mar. 1954
"Liturgical Art Display Will Feature Memorial." Toronto Telegram 4 Sept. 1948
"Lucas-Rotax Limited." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jun. 1954): 178
"Marani, Lawson, and Morris, Architects." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Oct. 1937): 206-208
"Phyllis Jacobine Jones, 79, renowned sculptor, is dead." Niagara Falls Review 14 Sept. 1976
"The Bank of Nova Scotia Building..." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Nov. 1951): 329-30
"The Red Horse." Winnipeg Tribune 24 Mar. 1950
"Tiny Woman Produced Heroic New Sculpture." Mayfair (May 1951)
"Toronto Woman's Work in Paris Salon." Globe and Empire (Toronto) 9 Aug. 1935
"University of Toronto Memorial Panel." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Feb. 1950): 52-53
Brown, Bill. "Stone Story: Sculpture Project Enhances Toronto's Business District." Standard (Toronto) 1960?: 19-21
Canadian National Exhibition. Canadian National Exhibition 1938, Outdoor Exhibition of Canadian Sculpture. 1938
Carr, Angela, ed. Raven Papers: Remembering Natalie Luckyj (1945-2002) Newcastle, ON: Penumbra Press, 2010
Colgate, William. "Jacobine Jones, Sculptor." Maritime Art 3.3 (Feb.-Mar. 1943):74-7
Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art, 1985. Madison, Conneticut: Sound View Press, 1985
Grace Church On-The-Hill. Create and Celebrate: An Exhibition of Liturgical Art by Contemporary Canadian Artists. Toronto: Paragon Press, 1974
Guernsey's. Roman Bronze Works Collection: An Important Grouping of Plasters and Bronzes From America's Foremost Foundry. 1988
Hambleton, Josephine. "Ottawa, A City of Fountains?" Ottawa Citizen 6 Nov. 1948
Horne, Clive. "And Sculpture." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Nov. 1949): 377-79
Luckyj, Natalie. Put on Her Mettle: The Life and Art of Jacobine Jones. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 1999
Luckyj, Natalie. Visions and Victories: 10 Canadian Women Artists 1914-1945. London: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983
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.
McCarthy, Pearl. "Carved in Stone." Evening Telegram (Toronto) 18 Oct. 1950
McCarthy, Pearl. "Sanctuary Lamp Fine Work of Art." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 Dec. 1956
McCarthy, Pearl. "Sculptors Labored for 11 Months to Insure Subjects Matched Periods." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 18 Oct. 1950
Mellors Galleries. Jacobine Jones: An Exhibition of Sculpture. Toronto: 1936
Phillips, Joan. "Jacobine Jones' Exhibition - It's Her First in 33 Years." St. Catherines Standard 2 May 1969
Pinney's. Les Encans Pinney's Auctions. June 1989
Saywell, John T., ed. The Canadian Journal of Lady Aberdeen (1893-1898). Toronto: Champlain Society, 1960
Stokes, Peter John. "Jacobine Jones, RCA, 1897-1976." Northward Journal (The Nordic Issue) 18-19 (1984): 131-142
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992
Tunnell, Arthur L., ed. Canadian Who's Who, 1973-1975. Toronto: Who's Who Canadian Publications, c1975
Turner, Linda. "Jacobine Jones: More Than Forty Years of Sculpting." Art Magazine 5.15 (Fall 1973): 31
Vickers, G. Stephen. "The Architecture in Sculpture." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1949): 28-31
Wood, Elizabeth Wyn. "Observations on a Decade ... 1938-1948: Ten Years of Canadian Sculpture." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 25.1 (Jan. 1948): 15-19

Writings by
Jones, Jacobine. "Jacobine Jones Sculpture." Toronto Saturday Night (2 Mar. 1940)

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, ) "The Fifty-Sixth Exhibition of the Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  .  p.13.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, ) Reynald.  "Le 56e Salon de l'Académie. A défaut de révéler des tendances neuves, le Salon garde une allure distinguée et une belle tenue d'ensemble. Plus de "bon ton" que de vitalité. Maints portraits."  La Presse (Montreal)  .  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, ) "Art Gallery Scene of R.C.A. Exhibition. Paintings and Other Works from Various Canadian Points Total 444. Much Good Portraiture."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, ) H. Poynter Bell.  "The Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts."  Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  .  pp.195-198, 202.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, ) Graham McInnes.  "A Great Little Show."  Toronto Saturday Night  .  p.26.   Full-text pdf

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