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SEMPLE, Margaret Hunter

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1900
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Biography synopsis
Margaret Hunter Semple (née Doty) was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1900. As a young woman Semple studied nursing and art in New York City. Her early art studies were undertaken at the Grand Central School of Art. The artist married Howard M. Semple in 1934, soon after her return to Canada. In Nova Scotia, Semple studied with Stanley Royle. In 1942, 1947 and 1951 Semple showed with the Royal Canadian Academy and in 1940, 1943 and 1945 with the Art Association of Montreal. In more recent years Semple's work was shown in a Dalhousie Art Gallery exhibition called "Backgrounds: Ten Nova Scotian Women Artists" in 1984. The date and place of her death is uncertain.
Media used
Private study (under Stanley Royle)
Grand Central School of Art, New York City
Nova Scotia Society of Artists, Various Positions
Maritime Art Association
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Paintings by Artists of the Maritime Provinces. Martime Art Association, 1940.
"Local Artist Presents One Woman Exhibit." Halifax Star 18 Mar 1947.
"Nova Scotian Artist Shows 38 Paintings." Halifax Mail 18 Mar 1947.
"Paintings Exhibit Opens at Truro." Chronicle-Herald (Halifax) 17 May 1954.
Hashey, Mary W., ed. Maritime Artists Vol. 1. Fredericton: Maritime Art Association, 1967.
Kelly, Gemey. Backgrounds: Ten Nova Scotia Women Artists. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1984.
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.
Maritime Art Association. Paintings by Artists of the Maritimes: Seventh Annual Exhibition. Halifax: Maritime Art Association, 1942.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Paikowsky, Sandra. Nova Scotian Pictures: Art in Nova Scotia, 1940-1966. Halifax: Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 1994.
Robson, Scott. Nova Scotia Women Artists in the Collection of Tony Saulnier. Halifax: Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 1993.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  March 21, 1940.  p.19.   Full-text pdf

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