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Crofton House School

1898 - current

Crofton House School was founded in Vancouver in 1898 by Miss Jesse Gordon, formerly of Newnham College, Cambridge, England. It remains in business today as the oldest private school "west of Ontario".

The school taught art as part of their curriculum, and a number of Vancouver artists gave instruction at the school. Thomas Fripp, one of Vancouver's most important artists, was teaching at Crofton House in 1906 - apparently unable to get a teacher's license and teach in the public school system. Other artists who taught at the school included Beatrice Lennie (formerly a student at the school, teacher from 1943 to 1978), Edith Hembroff-Brand and Kate Smith Hoole.


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Crofton House School, the First Ninety years, 1898-1988
      1988, Elizabeth Bell-Irving, Crofton House School, ISBN 0-9693399-0-1
      278 pages, illlustrated b&w, includes index, numerous appendices

Thomas W. Fripp (1864 - 1931)
      1983 August 4 - September 4 exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
      ISBN 0-88885-071-1, by Nicholas Tuele; 36 pages
      Foreword by Patricia E. Bovey, Director
      Crofton House reference page 8


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