Fonds P138 - Doris Snowdon fonds

North End, Sally's Pond From Snowdon Property, Looking West, Sally’s Pond Snowdon Cottage, Sally’s Pond Northeast from Swimming Beach, Sally's Pond Still Life / Self Portrait Bruce Snowdon's Cottage, Sally's Pond

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Doris Snowdon fonds

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2 textual records, 3 paintings : reproductions, 6 drawings ; 35.5 x 43 cm.

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The painter Doris Snowdon (nee Lucy Doris Maffre) is born in Montreal on January 7, 1897. She married James Clifford Snowdon in 1921 and had three children (two sons and one daughter). She began painting at age 60 after she raised her family. She took her first painting courses in the 1950's at the Women's Art Society of Montreal. She studied with two well-known Canadian artists, Adam Sherriff Scott and Oscar de Lall. Her works represent landscapes and life arrangements of flowers. She had a studio at her house, but also made many of her works at her cottage near Knowlton. During her career, she also drew a few sketches. She ceased painting at age 93 and died in Montreal February 9, 1996.

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Marjorie L. Mikasen inherited the sketchbook from her mother, Helen Mikasen (née Snowdon). Helen Mikasen inherited the sketchbook from her mother, Doris Snowdon. The rest of the documents were created by Marjorie L. Mikasen.

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The fonds contains biographical source material on Doris Snowdon's life as an artist and on her family genealogy. It consists of a biographical brochure, an article on the Maffre's genealogy, 3 paintings (reproductions) and 6 sketches. The fonds is comprised of the following files: Biography ([196-?]-2001), Maffres' Genealogy ([2002?]), and Artistic Works ([195-?]-[196-]).

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The documents were donated in two accessions (2002 and 2005) by Marjorie L. Mikasen.


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The documents are in English.

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Please contact the ETRC Archives if you would like a reproduction of any of the materials in this fonds. Reproduction requests may be subject to fees or may be refused at the discretion of the Archivist. Please see the ETRC website for more details.

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January 28, 2016
February 22, 2023

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