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BAYFIELD, Fanny Amelia (Wright)

Kensington, England, 1814
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 1891
Biography synopsis
Fanny Amelia Bayfield (nee Wright) moved from England to Canada as a young woman. In 1838 she married Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield; they lived in Quebec until 1841. She then moved to Charlottetown where she lived until her death. In England, she studied painting under the same teacher as Queen Victoria. In Charlottetown she taught drawing and music. An album of her watercolours, entitled Canadian Wild Flowers, is held in the Library and Archives Canada. Other works are held at the Glenbow Foundation in Calgary and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum in Charlottetown.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Prince Edward Island - Robertson Library
Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Frick Art Reference Library, NY
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
The Development of Painting in Canada January: The Art Gallery of Toronto. February: The Art Association of Montreal. March: The National Gallery of Canada. April: Le Mus�e de la province de Quebec. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1945.
The Garrison Mentality: Art & the Military in the Maritimes: 1837-1871. Charlottetown: Confederation Centre Art & Gallery, 2000.
"Death of Mrs. Bayfield." Daily Examiner 11 Sept. 1891.
"Death of Mrs. Bayfield." Daily Patriot 11 Sept. 1891.
"Married." Quebec Mercury 3 Apr. 1838.
Bates, Catherine. "Montreal Museum of Fine Arts." Star (Montreal) 19 Aug. 1972.
Bayfield, Henry Wolsey. The St. Lawrence Survey Journals of Captain Henry Wolsey Bayfield, 1829-1853. Toronto: Champlain Society, 1984-1986.
Bell, Michael. Painters in a New Land: From Annapolis Royal to the Klondike. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum. The First Decade, 1964-1974 : A Retrospective Survey of Works Acquired by Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 27 June-1 September, 1975. Charlottetown: Confederation Centre of the Arts, 1975.
Cooke, W. Martha B. W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana: Paintings, Water-colours and Drawings, Manoir Richelieu Collection. Ottawa: Public Archives, 1983.
Dickenson, Victoria. First Impressions: European Views of the Natural History of Canada from the 16th to the 19th Century. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1992.
English, John, ed. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Ottawa: Libraries and Archives Canada, 2008
Gallant, Doug. "At The Gallery: Representing Islandness." Guardian (Charlottetown) 22 Jun. 1998: 6.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Harper, J. Russell. Painting in Canada: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966, 2nd edition 1977.
Hennessey, Catherine. "Painting a History: The Story of Holland Grove." Island 46 (Fall/Winter 1999): 26-29.
Huneault, Kristina. I'm Not Myself at All: Women, Art, and Subjectivity in Canada. Montreal; Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018.
Johnson, Jane and A. Greutzer. Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1976.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
McKenzie, Ruth. Admiral Bayfield, Pioneer Nautical Surveyor. Ottawa: Canada, Fisheries and Marine Service, 1976.
Orlebar, Frances Hale. "Memories." Island 43 (Spring/Summer 1998): 31-39.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Public Archives of Canada. Image of Canada. Ottawa: Information Canada, 1972.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
Williamson, Moncrieff. "Visual Arts." Canadian Antiques Collector 8.2 (Mar-Apr. 1973): 50-52.

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