Title and statement of responsibility area
Emily Carr art collection
General material designation
- graphic material
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the collection.
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Statement of scale (cartographic)
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[ca. 1893]-1945 (Creation)
- Carr, Emily, 1871-1945
Physical description area
ca. 1100 paintings, drawings and prints
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Archival description area
Name of creator
Emily Carr (Canadian, 13 December 1871 – 2 March 1945) has come to define Canadian Modernism through her paintings of British Columbia and its first peoples. Born in Victoria, BC, the same year as Confederation, Carr was one of the province’s first professional painters. She trained in first in San Francisco. Later, she traveled to London, the artists’ colony at St. Ives, England, and Crécy-en-Brie, France.
Isolated from the Modernism brewing in Toronto and Montreal, Carr crafted her own style and subject-matter. Her early works show the strong influence of Post-Impressionism, while her later paintings develop into a style all her own. From 1927 onward, Carr corresponded with major Modernists of the era, notably Lauren Harris and Mark Tobey. The majority of her correspondence is held within the BC Archives.
A woman of many talents, Carr also created decorative works, published political cartoons, and later in life became an author of short stories.
Sketchbooks and artworks were acquired from various donors or by purchase over many years.
Scope and content
The collection consists of artwork created or acquired by Emily Carr between ca. 1893 and 1945. This collection was acquired by the BC Archives over many years through donations and purchases. It includes sketchbooks, paintings and other artworks.
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Availability of other formats
Digital copies of works attached to each item level description.
Restrictions on access
Access to original artworks requires an appointment with the curator.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Contact the licencing office at the Royal BC Museum for any use, reproduction or publication.
Series and item level descriptions available.
For related records, see Emily Carr fonds, PR-1263.