Fonds P062 - Kay Kinsman fonds

Some nuns Kay Kinsman art exhibition

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Kay Kinsman fonds

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  • 1947-1998 (Creation)

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0,31 m of textual records. - 1 video. - 3 audio tape cassettes. - 82 photographs : 35 photographs ; 47 slides. - 3 postcards. - 13 paintings. - 78 drawings (4 reproductions) and 17 sketchbooks.

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Artist Kay Kinsman was born in Los Angeles, California on 27 June 1909. Kinsman attended private school in Havana, Cuba; Jamaica; and New York City. She then studied at the Parsons School of Applied Arts in Paris, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Malvern School of Art in England. Kinsman met Ronald Lewis Kinsman in Paris and was married to him there in 1932. The couple had three children. It was Ronald Kinsman's appointment at IBM that brought the couple to Montreal in 1937 or 1938. The city was Kay Kinsman's home until 1971, when, having been a widow since 1965, she went to England for several years to paint. In 1981, she returned to Quebec, settling in Lennoxville. Since living in Lennoxville, she obtained BAs in two fields from Bishop's University (1983) and an M.A. in medieval history from McGill University. Kinsman specialized in water colours but worked in other media at various times. She illustrated several books and has published three books of her sketches: "Montreal Sketchbook" (1967), "Broadway Sketchbook" (1974), and "Lennoxville Sketchbook/Sur le vif" (1990). Over the years, she participated in several exhibits in England and Canada. In 1989, Bishop's University awarded Kinsman an honorary doctorate. She passed away in August, 1998, at the age of 89.

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The fonds contains source material on Kay Kinsman's life as an artist from 1947 to 1998 and a student at Bishop's and McGill Universities from the 1970s to 1998. It consists mainly of notebooks, watercolour books, sketchbooks, press clippings, correspondence, papers submitted for courses at Bishop's, her M.A. thesis, exhibition catalogues, slides and photographs. The fonds is comprised of the following series : Private Life (1947-1998), Artistic Life (1949-[between 1980 and 1998]), Academic Life (1964-1996), and Works on Kay Kinsman (1992-1995).

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The fonds was donated in 1998 by Jeremy Kinsman and Jocelyn Kinsman Mascaren has. Some sketches were donated in 1988 by Adèle Holcomb, a professor in Bishop's University's Fine Arts Department, and an additional donation was made in 2016 by Monique Nadeau-Saumier. A single document was donated in 2019 by the Toronto Public Library. Four reproductions of sketches were donated by Sarah Heath in 2023.


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  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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Most of the documents are in English, a few are in French, and one is in Spanish.

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28 janvier, 2016

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