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 From Snowdon Property, Looking West, Sally's Pond Snowdon Cottage, Sally's Pond Milk Wagon Milk Wagon Milk Wagon Helen Snowdon with Horse Sawmill at Sally's Pond Bridge to Inglis Island Bridge to Inglis Island Cottagers Children Swimming Beach Bob and Bruce Snowden Cottagers Children Snowdon Family Dog Helen Snowdon and Jean Maffre Group Photo Bruce Snowdon Mountain Overlook Group Photo Group Photo Helen Snowdon Bruce Snowdon, Bob Snowdon, and George Judge On the Swimming Raft Helen and Bruce Snowdon
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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 some of the documents from her mother, Helen (née Snowdon) Mikasen, who inherited them from her parents, Cliff and Doris Snowdon. The rest of the documents were created by Marjorie 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), 6 sketches, a photo album with 54 photographs, and 5 textual records related to the ownership of the Snowdon cottage. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Biography ([196-?]-2001), Maffres' Genealogy ([2002?]), Artistic Works ([195-?]-[196-]), Audiovisual Materials ([1953-1962?]), Photographs ([1930]-[1950]), and Snowdon Cottage at Sally's Pond (1971, [2010])

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The documents were donated in three accessions (2002, 2005, and 2024) 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
April 26, 2023
February 21, 2024

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