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Barbara Potter Collection:
Barbara Potter resided in Ottawa during the period that saw the Women's Art Association (1880s-1929) develop into the highly successful Ottawa Art Association (1929-1937) under the guidance of American born painter Franklin Peleg Brownell (1856-1946). Her sister-in-law, Dulcie Cranston Potter, exhibited with the Association (1927) and became friendly with many of its artists and supporters. The Potters corresponded with several of these artists over the years, some of whom were also involved with the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1925. The Potters also collected materials related to Canadian art and design.
The collection consists of 1 photograph of Franklin Peleg Brownell sketching on the Ottawa River; 2 photographs of unknown women sketching (possibly Barbara Potter and Canadian artist Pegi Nicol MacLeod (1904-1949)), a William Notman print, torn from a publication, labeled 'Discussing a Sketch', and showing Notman employed colourist/artists Adolf Vogt (1843-1871), John Arthur Fraser (1838-1898), and J. Henry Sandman (1842-1910); and a notification/admission card informing Dulcie Cranston that one of her works had been chosen for the Royal Canadian Academy exhibition in 1924. Also included are several original and reproduced Christmas cards. The original cards, addressed to Barbara, Guy and/or Dulcie Potter, are designed by Canadian artists Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Winona Kindle (active with the Association from 1923-1938), Isabel Loudon (1884-; active with the Association in 1923), and George Douglas Pepper (1903-1962). The reproduced cards are signed by Mrs. Hill H. Cheney (Nan Cheney, 1897-1985), Rosemary Kilbourne (1930- ), Frank Hennessey (1894-1941), Kathleen Frances Daly (1898-1994) and George Pepper. There are in addition cards from various unknown individuals, as well as letters from Mrs. H. Cheney and Kay Morris (1893-1986). The collection are includes 1 magazine clipping of a photograph of the selection committee for the Fine Arts Section of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, England; 18 black and white photographs related to the Canadian Pavilion at Wembley; and 4 photographs of Canadian farming.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
[Title of item], Barbara Potter Collection, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
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Detailed Description of the Collection