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Collection Summary
 

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Barbara Potter Collection:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Barbara Potter Collection. 
Dates: – 1925-1972. 
Quantity:  – 4 cm of textual records and 25 photographs. 

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by Barbara Potter, ca. 1994.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Barbara Potter Collection must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Index Terms

Names:
Brownell, Franklin Peleg, 1856-1946
MacLeod, Pegi Nicol, 1904-1949
Potter, Barbara
Potter, Dulcie Cranston
Document Types:
Christmas cards.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Barbara Potter Collection, 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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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Christmas cards and letters
File 2 Photographs - Artists *note: file contains 3 b&w photographs and 1 illustration.
File 3 Photographs - British Empire Exhibition, Wembley 1925 *note: file contains 18 b&w photographs
Box Folder
Box 2 File 1 Photographs - Canadian farming *note: file contains 4 b&w photographs

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