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Robert Coventry

November 29 1892 - September 21 1967

B.C. Society of Fine Arts
Vancouver Sketch Club

Robert Coventry was born in Liminge, Kent, England. He came to Canada c1908, and arrived in BC c1929. He was married to Ida Spencer Burnup.

He exhibited in the 1920 Annual Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, held at the Vancouver School Board offices on Hamilton Street.

He exhibited in numerous annual B.C. Artist exhibitions at the VAG, from 1933 to 1951. In 1935 his address was noted as Ballantyne, Alberta.

In 1932 he was a signatory to an agreement to boycott the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for their exhibition and purchase policies related to Canadian artists. He was noted as being a Vancouver artist.

He showed work in the B.C. Artists Christmas exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933.

He also exhibited with the West Vancouver Sketch Club in 1961 and 1964; and at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1931 and 1932, as a member of the Vancouver Sketch Club.

He retired from a lifetime of work as a municipal draughtsman in 1958, and died in North Vancouver at the age of 74 in 1967.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1942 June 16 - 28 Solo exhibition (25 paintings) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1920 September 18 - 25 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Gateway, Battle Abbey
St. Augustine's, Canterbury
Old Country Farm House
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Elevator
1933 Dec. 1 - 17 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition City from Coal Harbour
Foothills
Landscape
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Gas Works - False Creek
Sheep Herder's Hut, Eastern Washington
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual The Golden Ears
On Lulu Island
October, Alberta
1936 Oct. 15 - 20 VAG   B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition The Golden Ears
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Fraser Valley
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Rooftops
Elevator
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Eastern Washington
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Winter, Ontario
Firs
Dawn Patrol
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Sawmill
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual West End Scene
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Old Mill Site
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Scene
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Tenements

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
      Name and address entry only for Coventry, not cross-indexed in McMann's Biographical Index.

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

WEST VANCOUVER SKETCH CLUB - LIST OF MEMBER 1947-1977 (refer to WVSC)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

" ... the 118 artists who have signed the agreement to date ... include ... R. Coventry ... "
      From "Canadian Artists Unite to Boycott National Gallery," by The Canadian Press
      Montreal Gazette, December 8, 1932

" ... Robert Coventry, ... and others are exhibiting in the various classes."
      From "Bargains in Art"
      Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933

"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... Robert Coventry ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

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