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CUMMINS, Jane Catherine

Amherst Island, Ontario, ca 1841
Munich, Germany, 1893
Biography synopsis
Jane Catherine Cummins was born on Amherst Island near Kingston, Ontario. She came from an Irish family and is thought to be the daughter of Captain John Swete Cummins and Catherine Smith who married in 1841 and received land on the island as part of their marriage settlement. From 1886 to 1891 she lived in Montreal where she studied under Otto Reinhold Jacobi, member of the Ontario Society of Artists and president of the Royal Academy of Arts from 1890-1893. A painter of oils and watercolours, Cummins’ work was shown in 1886 at the Dominion Exhibition Sherbrooke. Her work entitled ‘Children at Play’ was shown at the Montreal Art Association in 1891. From 1891 until her death in 1893, Cummins traveled to Paris, Rome, London and Munich. Her work entitled ‘Church of the Gesuiti, Venice’, painted in 1891, is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
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Ontario Provincial Library Service. Ontario Library Review. Toronto: Provincial Library Service, 1940.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Wallace, W. Stewart. The Encyclopedia of Canada. Toronto: University Associates of Canada, 1935.

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