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The Olsson Student
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- Attributions and conjectures: The title is based on the subject matter of the verses that accompany the set of drawings.
- Statements of responsibility: The artist is known to be Emily Carr. She is the subject of this series of comic sketches, poking fun at different bits of her worn and damaged clothing and of the various possessions she carries.
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1901 to 1904 (Creation)
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1 set of 10 drawings never bound but with front and back cover papers; gouache and ink on paper; 29.2 cm x 23.5 cm. (irregular)
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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 Phylls 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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Set of 10 gouache and ink drawings with text alongside each drawing. The series depicts Emily Carr entering Tregenna Wood, at St Ives, to sketch. She is watched by fellow art students Noel Simmons, Arthur Burgess, Hilda Fearon, Will Ashton and Marion Horne (who appear in the final image) as she heads into the woods. Sketches and text are a cumulative depiction, a new item of clothing or accoutrements is added each scene visually and in words..
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Received from the National Museums of Canada, 1985.
This series "The Olsson Student" PDP06117 includes PDP06118 through PDP06127.
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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.
Archives code(s): PDP06117.
Accession number(s): 198607-001
1985-1991. Various exhibitions at the Emily Carr Gallery, 1107 Wharf Street, Victoria, 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.
Carr was resident in St Ives from August 1901 to March 1902. It is possible she created The Olsson Student during this time frame, but she may also have created it later, possibly 1904 after her discharge from the sanatorium and before she returned to Canada. A draft for the verse is found in PDP05988 a sketchbook dating from 1904. The paper on which it is created is similar to that used for some of her other England cartoons.
It appears that one image in the series is not extant as the verse about the stout piece of twine was not part of the acquisition in 1985.
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- Carr, Emily, 1871-1945 (Subject)