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WARREN, Emily Mary Bibbens

Born
Exeter, England, 1869
Died
Dunrobin, Ontario, 1956
Biography synopsis
Emily Warren received early artistic encouragement from John Ruskin, and the two remained friends until his death. She studied at the College of Art in South Kensington where she received a diploma in architecture in 1913. Warren arrived in Canada in 1919; she lived in Ottawa from 1919 until 1952, spending 1928-1934 in Montreal. She initially came to Canada in order to complete two large canvasses that had been commissioned during the First World War by Robert Borden. The works, "Canada's Tribute, The Great War 1914–1919" and "Placing the Canadian Colours on Wolfe's Monument in Westminster Abbey" have hung in the Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Hall of the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario since 1947. During her stay in Canada, she traveled across the country giving lectures illustrated with lantern slides of her own work. She also lectured in Europe and the United States. Her work sold well in both Canada and England, and she was well known for her paintings of architectural subjects. She was considered to be an authority on architecture and she lectured on the subject at Columbia University, New York, from 1933 to 1938. She was also known as a book illustrator, and she illustrated E.T. Cook's "Homes and Haunts of John Ruskin."
Media used
Book illustration
Gouache
Graphite
Oil
Watercolour
Education
South Kensington Art Schools
Memberships
Royal Society of British Artists, 1913; R.B.A 1939
Royal Watercolour Society
Old Dudley Art Society
Society of Women Artists, London, England
Aberdeen Society of Art
File & Archive locations
University of Toronto Libraries, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Ruskin Galleries, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
London Free Press 22 Dec. 1977.
The Queen, The Lady's Newspaper (London) 2 Sep. 1902.
"'They Belong Here: I don't Want to Take Them Back,' Says Artist of her Canadian War Pictures." Ottawa Citizen 28 Sep. 1923.
"A Lecture on Ruskin by One of his Pupils: Excellent Illustrated Address by Miss E.M.B. Warren Last Night." Standard (Kingston) 12 Dec. 1919.
"A Warren Exhibition." Ottawa Citizen 17 Nov. 1945.
"About Those War Pictures." Military Gazette (Ottawa) 28 Dec. 1920.
"An English Artist." Ottawa Citizen 3 Dec. 1931.
"Art and Artists." Globe (Toronto) 7 Mar. 1929.
"Art." National Life (New York) Nov. 1921.
"Asks Govt. to Buy Two Paintings of First Great War." Ottawa Citizen 13 Aug. 1946.
"British Artist to be Speaker Here Next Week." Moncton Transcript 7 Feb. 1946.
"Canadian Club Hears Romance Of Gardening." Globe (Toronto) 31 Oct. 1934.
"Canadian Pictures to Treasure." Ottawa Citizen 22 Nov. 1920.
"Canadian Pictures to Treasure." (Letter to the editor) Ottawa Citizen 26 Nov. 1920.
"Causerie de Mlle Warren au chateau." Soleil 4 Feb. 1932
http://collections.banq.qc.ca/retrieve/12565644#page=3.
"English Artist Recalls Advice Given by Ruskin." Mail and Empire (Toronto) 16 Feb. 1928.
"Finds Generals Artist Dodgers: Army Officers not Partial to Portrait Sitting, Even to Oblige Woman." London Free Press 15 Feb. 1940.
"Fine Exhibit of Work by Miss Warren." Ottawa Citizen 22 May 1956.
"Historic Paintings Shown at Ottawa." Victoria Colonist 27 Nov. 1920.
"Lectures to Eaton Club." Globe (Toronto) 28 Feb. 1930.
"Letter to the Editor: Canadian Pictures to Treasure." Ottawa Citizen 26 Nov. 1920.
"Local Women See Impressive Art Display." Moncton Transcript 13 Feb. 1946.
"Miss Warren has Pictures on View." Gazette (Montreal) 24 Jan. 1928.
"Miss Warren's New Water-color Show." Ottawa Citizen 22 Feb. 1933.
"Miss Warren, Noted Painter, Pays Belleville Return Visit: Pictures Win High Praise." Weekly (Belleville, ON) 27 Jan. 1921.
"Noted Artist Speaks to Kemptville Women: Miss Emily Warren in Travel Talk." Ottawa Citizen 18 Nov. 1933.
"Ottawa Artist's Paintings to be Moved to Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Hall." Ottawa Journal 23 Jan. 1948.
"Painter of War Leaders is Known in Belleville." Weekly (Belleville, ON) 6 Jan. 1921.
"Painter Won Little Recognition." Sherbrooke Record 9 Dec. 1977.
"Protege of Ruskin will Visit Toronto." Star (Toronto) 20 Feb. 1928.
"Talented British Artist Makes Brief Visit to City." Edmonton Journal 15 Feb. 1924.
"Talks on Education." Globe (Toronto) 21 Aug. 1920.
"The Rescued Pictures." Ottawa Citizen 27 Dec. 1920.
"Visiting English Painter has Record of London's Buildings." Vancouver Sun 7 July 1941.
"War Paintings Highly Praised at Ottawa." London Free Press 30 Nov. 1920.
"Well-Known Artist is Visitor Here." Calgary Herald 19 July 1941.
'Noted Woman Artist on Coast: Miss E.M.B. Warren's 'Canada's Tribute' in Hall of Fame." Vancouver Province 8 July 1941.
Bowman, Charles A. "War Paintings Finally 'Made' Hall of Fame." Ottawa Citizen 13 May 1949.
Bretzloff, Amelia. "Canadian Authors: The Light Must be Perfect: The Life and Work of Emily Warren." Equity 14 Nov. 1984.
http://numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2558962?docsearchtext=warren,%20emily.
Brimmell, Helen. "Emily Warren is at Last Getting her Due as One of Canada's Major Woman Artists." Daily Mercury (Guelph) 17 Mar. 1982.
G.T.P. "Display of Water Colors Reveals Talent of Miss E.M.B.Warren." Evening Journal (Ottawa) 26 Nov. 1946.
Kirtzwiser, Kay. "A Friend Seeks Recognition for a Dead Artist." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 20 Jan. 1978.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "A Friend Seeks Recognition for a Dead Artist." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 20 Jan. 1978.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Author's 30-Year Struggle Begins to Pay Off." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 31 Mar. 1982.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Author's 30-year Struggle Begins to Pay Off." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 32 Mar. 1982.
McRae, Constance. The Light Must be Perfect: The Life and Art of Emily Warren: A Biographical Memoir. Toronto: Dreadnaught, 1981.
McRae, Constance. "A Neglected Canadian Artist: Emily Warren, RBA 1869-1956." Canadian Collector 12.6 (Nov/Dec. 1977): 45-49.
Michel, Robert H.. "The General Portrayed: Sir Arthur Currie and his Painters." Fontanus VII (1984): 73-102.
Morris, A.F.. "The World of Art: Famous Women Workers: Emily M.B. Warren." The Queen, The Lady's Newspaper 2 Sep. 1905: 399.
Postle, Martin. "Painted Women": Reynolds and the Cult of the Courtesan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
R.B.F. "Norway's Beauty Shown in Art Display." Ottawa Journal 2 May 1940.
R.B.F. "Open Exhibit of Paintings by Miss Warren." Ottawa Journal 22 Feb. 1938.
Tracy, Jack. "Emily Warren Paintings Found, Thanks to Friend." Ottawa Journal 4 May 1978.
Tracy, Jack. "Posthumous Recognition Sought for Artist." London Evening Free Press 22 Dec. 1977.
Tracy, Jack. "Unheralded Artist Finds a Champion." Owen Sound Sun Times 16 Dec. 1977.

Writings by
Warren, Emily Mary Bibbens (illustrator). Homes and Haunts of John Ruskin by E.T. Cook London (England): George Allen and Co., Ltd, 1912.

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