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LEATHER, Ethel Armine

Cheshire, England, 1861
Cowichan, British Columbia, 1957
Biography synopsis
Leather moved to Vancouver Island c.1889 where she became involved in the art milieu. In addition to painting, she was noted for her skills and teaching in the art of china repair. She continued painting into her nineties, focusing on scenes of the Cowichan area of Vancouver Island which she illustrated on Christmas post cards. She showed her works in the annual exhibitions of the Island Arts and Crafts Society (Victoria) participating from 1914 – 1941. She also exhibited at the Vancouver Exhibition (Pacific National Exhibition) in 1926. A few of her watercolours are held at the Royal B.C. Museum.
Media used
Island Arts and Crafts Society
File & Archive locations
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
British Columbia Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
“Funeral Service.” The Province 24 Oct.1957
“Last Tribute for Pioneer of Cowichan.” Times Colonist October 22, 1957.
Degraaf, Ashley. "Museum showcases Cowichan as Artistic Inspiration." Cowichan News Leader Pictorial 03 Apr 2013: 17
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970
Lover, John Gordon. The Victoria Sketch Club: A Centennial Celebration, 1909-2009 Victoria, B.C.: Victoria Sketch Club, 2008
McKendry, Blake. An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art. Kingston, Ontario: B. McKendry, 1999

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