“Suitable Memorials”: The War Sculptures of Frances Loring

Frances Loring, [no date]. Image courtesy Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Frances Loring, [no date]. Image courtesy Exhibition Place, Toronto.
While doing research for another project on the war memorial in St Stephen, New Brunswick, I stumbled across the name of the artist who sculpted the bronze statuette that topped the monument; Frances Loring. Intrigued, I started to look further into this mysterious person, and stumbled upon one of the pre-eminent Canadian sculptors of the early 20th century.  Continue reading ““Suitable Memorials”: The War Sculptures of Frances Loring”

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A disappearing landscape: Mary Riter Hamilton and the reconstruction of France

Menin Road, British Cemetary, oil on paper, c1920. Mary Riter Hamilton. Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-180-110.
Mary Riter Hamilton.  Menin Road, British Cemetery, oil on paper, c1920. Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-180-110.

Library and Archives Canada holds just over 200 paintings, on plywood and cardboard, by the Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton.  A long-time professional artist, Riter Hamilton had supported herself since the age of 22 Continue reading “A disappearing landscape: Mary Riter Hamilton and the reconstruction of France”