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Collection Summary
 

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Lilias Torrance Newton fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Lilias Torrance Newton fonds. 
Dates: – ca. 1890-1973; 1940-1969 predominant. 
Quantity:  – 13 cm of textual records and 211 photographs. 

Biographical Sketch

Lilias Torrance Newton (1896-1980), Canadian portrait painter, was born at Lachine, Quebec, the daughter of businessman Forbes Torrance and Alice Mary Stewart. She enrolled at an early age at the Art Association of Montreal, where she studied under William Brymner (1855-1925). She later studied with the Polish-born artist Alfred Wolmark (1877-1961) in London and Alexandre Jacovleff (1887-1938) in Paris. In 1921 Lilias Torrance married Captain Frederick G. Newton. Their only child, Francis Forbes, was born in 1926. Lilias Torrance Newton made a career out of painting notable Canadians, including portraits of fellow artists and friends in the art world but her most famous commission was for the portraits of Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ) and the Duke of Edinburgh (1921- ) that hang in Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Newton was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1923 and Academician in 1939 and 1973. She was also a founding member of the Beaver Hall Group and the Canadian Group of Painters, had solo exhibitions in 1930, 1939, and 1958, and taught at the Art Association of Montreal. In 1972 Newton received an Honourary LL.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Fonds consists of photographs (predominately black and white with some colour), of portraits by Lilias Torrance Newton. Approximately half of the subjects are identified. There are in addition personal photos; some of these are also identified. Also included is list of portraits by Lilias Newton from 1920 to 1950, along with related correspondence between herself and some of her patrons, such as the staff of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Governor General Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891-1969), Sir Robert Borden (1854-1937), General Crerar, W.H. Brittain, and Louis Breithaupt. Newton's original Honourary Doctorate certificate from the University of Toronto, her doctoral hood, and related correspondence is part of the fonds, as are various newspaper articles on artists, miscellaneous correspondence, an undated article on Newton by Canadian artist Albert Cloutier (1902-1965), a diary from 1957, correspondence regarding the Canadian Group of Painters and its dissolution (1968), correspondence regarding permission to reproduce one of her works, a report related to the divorce between Lilias Torrance Newton and Frederick Newton (1933), Lilias Torrance Newton's passport (1941-51), and original materials and certificates from her election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1939 and 1973).

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Francis Forbes Newton, 1980.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Lilias Torrance Newton fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Physical description: Photographs consist of 206 photographic images and 6 slides.
Finding aids: Box list available.
Associated material: See Visual Resources database for further information on the photographs in fonds.

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Index Terms

Names:
Borden, Sir Robert Laird, 1854-1937
Cloutier, Albert Edouard, 1902-1965
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Loring, Frances, 1887-1968
Newton, Lilias Torrance, 1896-1980
Philip Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-
Taylor, Frederick B., 1906-1987
Wyle, Florence, 1881-1968
Organizations:
Beaver Hall Group
Canadian Group of Painters
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Document Types:
Articles.
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Negatives.
Photographs.
Reports.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Lilias Torrance Newton fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Box List

Portrait Commissions
Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 List of portraits 
File 2 Maude Abbott 
File 3 Earl Alexander 
File 4 Sir Robert Borden 
File 5 Louis O. Breithaupt 
File 6 W.H. Brittain 
File 7 Fraser Bruce 
File 8 Eedson Burns 
File 9 C.L. Burton 
File 10 Charles Camsell 
File 11 Sarah Caplan 
File 12 Floyd S. Chalmers 
File 13 Warwick Chipman 
File 14 M.J. Coldwell 
File 15 F.H. Cosgrave 
File 16 General Crerar 
File 17 Dean Cronkite 
File 18 William Dobell 
File 19 T.C. Douglas 
File 20 George Drew 
File 21 Sir James Dunn 
File 22 A.K. Dysart 
File 23 J.C. Farthing 
File 24 R. Filberg 
File 25 Hamilton Fyfe 
File 26 Mrs. Evan Gill 
File 27 Professor Gilson 
File 28 Lockhart Gordon 
File 29 Walter Gordon 
File 30 Duncan Graham 
File 31 A.E. Grauer 
File 32 R.W. Hedley 
File 33 C.G. Heward 
File 34 C.J. Ingram 
File 35 Alan Jarvis 
File 36 Mrs. Keenleyside 
File 37 Eric Kierans 
File 38 R.A. Laidlaw 
File 39 Ray Lawson 
File 40 Helen McAlpine 
File 41 D.L. McCarthy 
File 42 Ross Macdonald 
File 43 Mary E. Macfarland 
File 44 L. Macfarlane 
File 45 Isabel MacInnes 
File 46 W.E. McLaughlin 
File 47 Stanley McLean 
File 48 John B. McNair 
File 49 A.A. MacNaughton 
File 50 Mr. Macpherson 
File 51 H.W. Manning 
File 52 Mr. Mason 
File 53 Vincent Massey 
File 54 Miss Millard 
File 55 T.G. Morgan 
File 56 Alfred Morris 
File 57 Curtis Munson 
File 58 John A. Ollie 
File 59 F.W. Patterson 
File 60 Alan B. Plaunt 
File 61 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip 
File 62 Rocke Robertson 
File 63 James Ross 
File 64 E.P. Scarlett 
File 65 G.G. Sedgewick 
File 66 Janet and Ethel Southam 
File 67 J.W. Thompson 
File 68 W.P. Thompson 
File 69 J.S. Thomson 
File 70 Albert W. Trueman 
File 71 M.M. Weaver 
File 72 Anna Youshida 
Photographs
Box Folder
Box 2 File 1 Portrait of Nick Laidlaw 
File 2 Original photographs: Portraits of men (A-K) 
File 3 Original photographs: Portraits of men (L-W) 
File 4 Personal 
File 5 Portraits of men - Unidentified 
File 6 Original photographs: Portraits of women (A-M) 
File 7 Original photographs: Portraits of women (girls) - Unidentified 
File 8 Family photographs (Torrance family) 
File 9 Photographs of portrait subjects 
File 10 Photographs of cottage 1938-1943 
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
Box 3 File 1 Honourary Degree - University of Toronto 
File 2 Victorian Order of Nurses 
File 3 Clipping on Lilias Torrance Newton, 1920s 
File 4 Clippings on Lilias Torrance Newton, 1930s 
File 5 Clippings on Lilias Torrance Newton, 1940s 
File 6 Clippings on Lilias Torrance Newton, 1950s 
File 7 Clippings on Lilias Torrance Newton, 1960s 
File 8 Miscellaneous correspondence - Invoices, valuation of paintings 
File 9 Art Association of Montreal brochure, 1938-1939 
File 10 Diary, 1957 
File 11 Canadian Group of Painters 
File 12 Correspondence regarding permission to reproduce 
File 13 Postcard from Frances Loring and Florence Wyle 
File 14 Commemoration - Samuel Greenshields Torrence 
File 15 Updated clippings 
File 16 Marriage and divorce - Lilias Torrance Newton 
File 17 Passport 
File 18 Royal Canadian Academy 
File 19 Wartime Information Board correspondence 
File 20 Letter from Frederick B. Taylor 
File 21 Obituary and funeral - Lilias Torrance Newton 

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