Pemberton, Sophia Theresa

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Pemberton, Sophia Theresa

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  • Sophie Pemberton
  • Mrs. Arthur Beanlands
  • Sophie Pemberton Deane-Drummond

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Born in Victoria to Teresa Jane Grautoff and Joseph Despard Pemberton, Sophie Pemberton became a successful artist, painting with oils and watercolors. Sophie Pemberton Deane-Drummond, studied at the Slade School of Art (1892-96) and at the Académie Julian (1897). She was the first Canadian to receive the Prix Julian from the Académie Julian for her portraiture. She went to London, England in 1899 and shared a studio there with the Norwegian artist Anna Nordgren. She showed her work at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon, and at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. She alternated between living in England and living in Victoria. She had a solo show in Victoria in 1902. In 1906 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy. She married Canon Arthur John Beanlands in 1905, rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and traveled with him to Southeast Asia. Following his death she married Horace Deane-Drummond. A retrospective of her work was shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1954, and a second one at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1967.


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