Series PDP06023 - Sister And I From Victoria To London Memoirs Of Ods And Ends

Victoria, BC, July 11th, 1910.  The Harrowing Wrench of the Last Parting Is Over.... July 12th.  We Change At Vancouver For The Train.... Arriving At Sicamous Junction At 11:30.... With A Thundrous Crash, And A Blinding Dust, Down Fell The Entire Ceiling On My Head.... I Tackled The Manager Myself.... July 14.  Another Long Day Of Train Travel, And We Arrive At Glacier House.... Arriving At The Glacier, We Haul Ourselves Over The Slippery Surface.... Lake Louise July 15. Louise is Heavenly! He Seats Himself Upon A Wasps Nest.... With Much Pleasure We Discover An Artist Friend In The Hotel.... July 16. Banff. Banff is a beastly hole; heat intense, and mosquitos worse than Louise.... Banff July 16.  Sister Has Always Prided Herself On Her Small Feet.... Calgary. July 17. An Unspeakably Wretched Day: Train Crowde: Dust Flying.... Edmonton.  July 18.  "That" Said Winnie, Pointing To A Squirming Pink Morsel Of Humanit... Edmonton. July 19.  A Heavy Thunder Storm, And Deluges Of Rain.... And So I Left Him, Waiting, And So Will I Find Him Waiting, When The Year Is Up.... July 24. Calgary. Arrive In Calgary Again At 11 P.M. Have a Delightful Motor Ride.... July 25.  Medicine Hat.  Medicine Hat Is A Wonderful Little Town.... Shewn To Our Room A Spacious Two Bedded Apartment At Medicine Hat.... The Smell Of The Next One Was However Just As Overpowring.... Passing Through The Office To Mail A Letter.... Broadview [sic] July 26. Broadveiw Has No Natural Gas.... Next Morning.  After A Brisk Walk Around "Broadveiw [sic].... Winnipeg. July 27. Amid Much Noise And Excitement Our Train Pulled Into Winnipeg.... Montreal. July 29. Montreal And Change For Quebec.... July 30. Quebec. With Eyes Dreamy With Romance.... We Determined On A Personal Investigation Of That C.P.R. Baggage-Room.... Our Next Worry Was The Information Conveyed To Us By The Hotel Manager.... Our First Night In This Locality Of Foreign Jargon.... Almost Every Day We Were In Quebec There Was A Violent Thunder Storm.... The Restaurants In Quebec Are Abominable....
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Sister And I From Victoria To London Memoirs Of Ods And Ends

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Emily Carr

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  • Source of title proper: Title is on the cover in Car's upper case block printing which she used throughout the book. The title, and each page of text contain spelling mistakes and deliberate twists of language.
  • Statements of responsibility: The sketches and text in this book are all by Carr's hand.

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  • 1910 (Creation)

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1 illustrated journal "Sister and I" containing 46 caricature sketches each with accompanying page of text for a total of 92 pages: ink with watercolour wash; 23.4 cm x 18.6 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 illustrated journal or "funny book" titled "Sister and I From Victoria to London Memoirs of Ods and Ends" by Emily Carr covering her trip from Victoria B.C. to London, England en-route to art studies in France. The images depict humorous events as the sisters travel by rail across Canada to Quebec City where they board The Empress of Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to Liverpool, and then on to London. Places in Canada include Victoria, Vancouver, Sicamous, Glacier House, Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Winnipeg, Montreal, Quebec City.

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This illustrated journal was deacidified and disassembled in the 1980s because its physical condition was precarious. Handling is restricted. Permission to view is required and staff must be the handlers.

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Received from the National Museums of Canada, 1985.


"Funny book” PDP06023 includes PDP06024 through PDP06069 within. The media is ink and watercolour with graphite underlying. Each comic image is accompanied by a page of text describing the incident depicted. Carr and her sister Alice are delineated in caricature.

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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): PDP06023.

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Accession number(s): 198607-001

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1985-1991. Various exhibitions at the Emily Carr Gallery, BC Archives, 1107 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC.
2001-2002. Emily Carr: Eccentric, Artist, Author, Genius, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria.

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