Item PDP00595 - William Russ

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William Russ

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Emily Carr

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title of Jimmie applied in 1961 at the time of original inventory of Newcombe collection. Jimmie was a pseudonym applied by Carr in her book Klee Wyck, to her Haida guide, William Russ.
  • Statements of responsibility: This work is in Emily Carr's hand and was in her studio at the time of her death, inventoried by the executors and stamped with the ink estate stamp
  • Attributions and conjectures: William Russ is the correct identity, hence the title has been changed from its earlier designation.

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  • [1928] (Creation)

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1 watercolour: watercolour on paper; 31.1 cm x 26.0 cm.

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Purchased by William Newcombe from Carr's estate in 1945.

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One watercolour portrait with estate stamp on lower left, originally unframed but now framed.

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Purchased by the Government of British Columbia from the estate of W.A. Newcombe, 1961.


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Archives code(s): PDP00595; Previously numbered as NC 96.

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Accession number(s): 196104-001

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Date for the work is based on stylistic attribution and the fact that Carr visited Haida Gwaii in 1928 and William and Clara Russ were her guides there.

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1962. The World of Emily Carr a new exhibition of her paintings from the Newcombe Collection, Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria and Vancouver.
1986. McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario.
1994-1995. Emily's People. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
2004. Emily Carr a Modern Artist. Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre,Courtenay, BC.
2006-2008. Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon collaboration between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa travelling to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Glenbow Museum, Calgary.
2011-2012. On the Edge of Nowhere. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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