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WARREN, Emily Mary Bibbens

Exeter, England, 1869
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 and lived in Ottawa until 1952 except for the years 1928-1934 which she spent in Montreal. She initially came to Canada to produce two large canvasses commissioned by Prime Minister Robert Borden during World War I. The works "Canada's Tribute, The Great War 1914-1919" and "Placing the Canadian Colours on Wolfe's Monument in Westminster Abbey" have been held at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario since 1947. While 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. She was recognised for her paintings of architectural subjects and lectured on the subject at Columbia University, New York, from 1933 to 1938. She also illustrated E.T. Cook's "Homes and Haunts of John Ruskin." Her work sold well in both Canada and England.
Media used
Book illustration
Oil painting
South Kensington Art Schools
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

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
"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.
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. "Author's 30-Year Struggle Begins to Pay Off." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 31 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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