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LADDS, Elizabeth S.

Nova Scotia, 1837
Halifax, ca 1921
Biography synopsis
Born in Nova Scotia to Irish parents, Elizabeth S. Ladds was a resident of St. John, New Brunswick and of Halifax County, Nova Scotia. Her mother, Hannah Ladds, owned property in both provinces. Like a number of women who were painting in Nova Scotia at the time, Ladds is thought to have attended art classes at Dalhousie College. Chiefly a painter of watercolours, Ladds depicted scenes in the lives of First Nations people (Mi'kmaq) in Nova Scotia. Today, eight of her watercolours can be found in the collection of the Nova Scotia Museum. Ladds is also thought to have painted a watercolour entitled ‘Mahone Bay, N.S.’ which was shown in the exhibition 'Three Hundred Years of Canadian Art' at the National Gallery of Canada in 1967.
Media used
File & Archive locations
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Library and Archives Canada, ON - Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Nova Scotia Museum
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Farr, Dorothy and Luckyj, Natalie. From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975.
Field, Robert Henning. Traditional Decorative Folk Art 1780-1930. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1985.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Hubbard, R. H. and J. R. Ostiguy. Three Hundred Years of Canadian Art: An Exhibition Arranged in Celebration of the Century of Confederation. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1967.
Lord, Barry. The History of Painting in Canada: Towards a people's art. Toronto: NC Press, 1974.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988.
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. "Elizabeth S. Ladds." Halifax: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, 2009.
Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The Nova Scotia Reports: Cases Argued in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Halifax: Carswell Company, 1873.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.

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