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SMITH, Madge

Rye Sussex, England, 1898
Fredericton, 1974
Biography synopsis
Madge Smith was born in England and immigrated to Fredericton while still very young. In 1930 she began working for Frank Pridham at Harvey Studios, a commercial portrait studio in Fredericton. In 1936 Smith opened a store on Queen Street in Fredericton where she sold a variety of crafts and represented numerous important Canadian artists including Miller Brittain, Jack Humphrey, and Pegi Nicol MacLeod. Smith became close with many of the artists, and her shop was an important venue for Maritime Art Association events. Along with her commercial business, Smith photographed life around the city, documenting many of the important events of 1930s Fredericton. Her photographs were included in the 1974 exhibit "Fredericton - The Early Years" and both the National Gallery of Canada and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick own many of her work.
Media used
Maritime Art Association
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
University of New Brunswick - Archives and Special Collections Department
Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

Writings about
Bobak, Bruno. Memorial to E. Madge Smith, 1894-1974: Paintings by Pegi Nicol MacLeod. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick, 1974.
Jones, Laura. Rediscovery: Canadian Women Photographers 1841-1941, May 13th-June 27th, 1983. London, Ontario: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983.
MacNutt, W. Stewart. Fredericton - The Early Years. Fredericton: Fredericton Provincial Archives, 1974.
Murray, Joan. Daffodils in Winter: The Life and Letters of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1904-1949. Moonbeam, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 1984.
Niergarth, Kirk. Art and Democracy: New Brunswick Artists and Canadian Culture between the Great Depression and the Cold War. Saint John, New Brunswick: University of New Brunswick, 2007.
Swanick, Lynne Struthers. "Madge Smith, New Brunswick." Canadian Woman Studies / Les cahiers de la femme 2.3 (1980): 34-37.

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