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Sculpture - The Spirit of Mining
Beatrice Lennie

This large relief plaster sculpture (approximately five feet high & eight feet wide) was Lennie's graduation piece at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1929. She was Charles Marega's star pupil, and one of the few female sculptors in early B.C.

This sculpture was mounted into the wall above the fireplace in the Lennie home in Shaughnessey for many years. It was then "lost", sitting in a wooden crate following renovations to the house. It was discovered, finally, at the B.C. Museum of Mining at Britannia Beach. Photographs of the sculpture were taken, courtesy of the Museum, which hopes to restore the work.


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