Series PDP05820 - Sketchbook

Stylized tree Trees Forest abstract Tree abstract Tree abstract Tree abstract Forest abstract Trees Trees Tree abstract Trees abstract Tree abstract Trees abstract Forest abstract Forest abstract Stylized tree Stylized tree House and forest House and forest Abstract design Tree and stump Forest design Forest design Trees abstract Forest abstract Forest abstract Tree abstract Forest abstract Forest Figures and faces
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Emily Carr

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  • Attributions and conjectures: The commercial name of this sketchbook is Blank Ontario Drawing Book No. 1. Published by W.J. Gage and Co. Ltd. Toronto. Carr has numbered the book as 7 (set in a circle, upper left cover) in her series of extant sketchbooks.
  • Statements of responsibility: The untitled sketches in this book are all by Carr's hand and the notations on the front cover, in her handwriting, while not relevant to the sketchbook contents, confirm Carr's ownership of the book.

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  • 1930 to 1939 (Creation)

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1 sketchbook originally containing 34 pages within; 15.0 cm x 23.1 cm.

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Received by bequest from Carr to her literary executor and friend, Ira Dilworth. This sketchbook along with other sketchbooks, drawings, watercolours, textual materials and books was housed in Carr's old steamer trunk.
When Dilworth died he bequeathed this material to his two adopted daughters (and nieces), Phylis Inglis and Edna Parnall who divided the material between themselves.
This sketchbook is among the materials that came via descent from Carr to Phylis Inglis.
The Inglis collection consists of Emily Carr art and papers purchased from Phylis Dilworth Inglis by the National Museums of Canada in 1976 and presented to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in 1985.

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One sketchbook with 34 drawings by Emily Carr. The drawings are in the main abstract forest and tree designs and dating from 1930 to 1939.

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This sketchbook was deacidified and disassembled in the 1980s because its physical condition was precarious. Each sheet of paper is encapsulated to prevent further damage. Because it is so friable, handling is restricted. Permission to view is required and staff must be the handlers. The cover is torn, missing half and the back cover is not extant.

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Received from the National Museums of Canada, 1985.


This sketchbook contains PDP05621 through PDP05654 and includes principally abstract tree and forest designs.

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MS-2181 comprises the textual and published material from 85-158, the accession number of the transfer from the National Museums of Canada.

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Archives code(s): PDP05820.

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Accession number(s): 198607-001

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Front cover bears a note in Carr's handwriting " Short Stories by russian authors Pushkin, Sologub translated by R.S. Townsend. Everymans library." This book was first published in 1924.

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