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CARR, Rosetta Ernestine

Drummond Township, Ontario, 1845
Ottawa, Ontario, 1907
Biography synopsis
Born Rosetta Ernestine Watson, Carr studied in New York, Connecticut, and at William Notman's studio in Ottawa. In 1883 Carr moved to Winnipeg and purchased a local photography business which she renamed the American Art Gallery. Carr was an accomplished portraitist who was skilled at hand-colouring her prints using watercolours as well as the photo-crayon process. Carr photographed a variety of important local figures such as the Premier of Manitoba, as well as the landscapes of the Canadian West between Thunder Bay and the Rockies. Her photographs were included in local and international exhibitions, including the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London, England, where she received a medal. Carr sold her gallery in 1899 and moved to Ottawa where she lived until her death.
Media used
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Provincial Archives of Manitoba
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Berry, V.. "Carr, Rosetta Ernestine Watson." Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 13, Toronto, Ontario, Quebec: University of Toronto/Université Laval, 1994
Bumsted, J. M. Dictionary of Manitoba Biography. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
Jones, Laura. Rediscovery: Canadian Women Photographers 1841-1941, May 13th-June 27th, 1983. London, Ontario: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983
Schwartz, Joan. "Canada." The Oxford Companion to the Photograph Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
Skidmore, Colleen. Rare Merit: Women in Photography in Canada, 1840-1940 Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 2022

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