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Grace Mary Perceval Judge (Miss)

March 31 1881 - November 10 1981

Vancouver Studio Club
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member)
British Columbia Artist (BCA, 1921)
Provincial Exhibition

Grace Judge was born in England, probably Surbiton, Surrey, and arrived in Vancouver in 1902. She was the sister of Spencer Perceval Judge, one of Vancouver's prominent early artists and art educators.

Grace Judge exhibited her artwork in Vancouver starting at least as early as 1909, showing three paintings at the Exhibition of Pictures held by the Vancouver Studio Club and School of Art. She was also an early member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts. From 1910 to 1913 she showed her work with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in Victoria, B.C.

Grace provided some pen and ink illustrations to The Gold Stripe - Volume Two, published in 1919 at the end of World War One. In 1920 she exhibited in the Annual Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, held at the Vancouver School Board offices on Hamilton Street.

A note on a biographical file commented that she was " S.P. Judge's 'clever sister' ".

She showed her work at the Vancouver Exhibition starting with the 1924 Annual Exhibition, and also in 1925, 1926, and 1930 (representing the B.C. Society of Fine Arts).

In 1928 she exhibited two watercolours in the Provincial Exhibition in New Westminster. The exhibition catalogue noted that she was living in North Vancouver, B.C.

She exhibited her work in the 1930 Spring Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts. She was listed as a member of the Society in the exhibition catalogue.

She exhibited her work in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery after it opened in 1931, and was living in North Vancouver at the time.

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

In 1946 she and her sister May Judge gave an exhibition of their watercolours at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both of the women were living at 239 East 10th Avenue, North Vancouver at the time, telephone number North 774R. It cost them $5.00 to rent a room from the gallery for their exhibition.

Grace's work was included in the retrospective exhibition "Contemporaries of Emily Carr", at the Simon Fraser University Gallery, February 5 - 22, 1974, along with that of her sister May Judge.

Grace died at the age of 100, in a private hospital in West Vancouver.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1946 Nov. 19 - Dec. 8 Exhibition by May Judge and Grace Judge VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1909 June 19 - July 17 Studio Club   Exhibition of Pictures Monday's Child
Poppies
September
1909 November BCSFA    Second Exhibition Design for Book Illustration
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Winter
Designs for China Painting
1910 May BCSFA   Third Exhibition Midsummer's Night Dream
1912 Nov. 25 - 30 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Moonlight
Summer Evening
Point Atkinson from Bowen Island
Book Plate
1915 April BCSFA   Works by Members Autumn
The South Easterly Wind
April
Summer Night
Study of Trees
Winter
1917 Sept. 14 - 22 B.C.S.F.A.   Eleventh Exhibition Summer Afternoon
September
Ornamental Design
(accepted by City of Vancouver)
Porpoise Bay, Jervis Inlet
Indian Reserve
A Sketch
1920 September 18 - 25 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition The Patchwork Quilt
Hollyhocks
Indian Village
The Rock Garden
July
Autumn
Evening Primroses
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Exhibition Green Apples
The Lions
August
Low Tide
The Little House
Afternoon
1922 Sept. 16 - 23 BCSFA   14th Annual Exhibition The Quarry, North Vancouver
Summer Morning
Sunlight
Morning in the Woods
Pen Drawing
The Cottage, North Vancouver
1923 May 12 - 19 BCSFA   15th Annual Exhibition April
Fallen Leaves
Cottage Garden
The Lions
A Study
Mt. Cheam
1924 May 3 - 17 BCSFA   16th Annual Exhibition Pen Drawing
The Old Landing, Valdez Island
Gabriola
The Window Box
A Sketch
Arbutus Trees
In the Woods, Gabriola Island
1924 Aug. 9 - 16 Vancouver Exhibition   Annual Exhibition The Old Landing
Evening Primroses, Stanley Park
The Old House, Roberts Creek
1925 May 9 - 16 BCSFA   17th Annual Exhibition Book Cover
Book Illustration
Rock Garden, Caulfield
Design for Magazine Cover
"April Moon"
"Afterglow"
1926 May 8 - 15 BCSFA   18th Annual Exhibition The Yellow Gown
Primroses
Book Illustration
Afternoon
1927 June 10 - 25 BCSFA   19th Annual Exhibition Matilda and Penalope
The Fairy Dancers
Violets
"Grey Evening"
1928 September 3 - 8 Provincial Exhibition   Eighth Annual Salon To Violets
Back to Fairyland - Over the Hills
1929 May 18 - June 8 BCSFA   21st Annual Exhibition The Fairies Come to the Ball
April Gardening
The New Hat
Ye Faire Maide
Christmas Card
1929 Nov. 16 - 30 BCSFA   Winter Exhibition A Song of Spring
October
1930 May 31 - June 14 BCSFA   Spring Exhibition The Basket Seller
Daisies
A Song
The Dream
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours October
Christmas Fare
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition October
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Night
Book Illustration
The Dream
1933 June 3 - 11 VAG   BCSFA 23rd Annual Exhibition Cottage Garden
A Song of Spring
Book Illustration
Sunset
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Breezy Day
April Evening
The Garden Path
1933 Dec. 1 - 17 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Summer Morning
Perry Bay, V.I.
A Cottage (tinted drawing)
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Midsummer
East Wind
Christmas
Pen Drawing
1934 ? - ? VAG   B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition Midsummer
Pen Drawing
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Misty Morning
The Fairy Coach
Pen Drawing
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Exhibition September

References

The Gold Stripe - Volume Two
      1919, May. Published by the Amputation Club of B.C., Vancouver
      220 pages (including text, advertisements and photographs)
      Includes pen and ink illustrations by Judge.

The Gold Stripe - Volume Three
      c1919. Published by the Amputation Club of B.C., Vancouver
      Includes pen and ink illustrations by Judge.

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

Island Arts and Crafts Society - List of Exhibitors

From Desolation to Splendour - Changing Perceptions of the British Columbia Landscape
      1977, by Maria Tippet and Douglas Cole
      Clarke Irwin & Co., ISBN 0-7720-1048-X
      159 pages; illustrated; foreward by Jack Shadbolt
      Includes references to Judge and her influences, p.66-67, 83

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

"Miss Grace Judge, in "Poppies" (32) has a bit of clean, bold pen work."
      "Vancouver Studio Club Spring Exhibition"
      B.C. Saturday Sunset, July 3 1909

"Grace Judge shows some clever black and white work - design for book illustrations - in which a good firm line, deft execution, is united to a pretty inventive fancy."
      From "The Studio Club Autumn Exhibition", by Felix Penne,
      B.C. Saturday Sunset, October 30 1909

"Grace Judge, B.C.S.F.A., has not only original faculty and a style of her own, but she possesses an imagination that busies itself in dainty and refined avenues of thought. In her quaint devices which have for their "motif" the dress and customs of bygone days, she displays an insight and technique that are both admirable and industrious."
      From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy
      Opportunities Magazine, 1910

"In No. 19 "Vine Maples", Miss Grace Judge shows that she has sat at the feet of the Pre-Raphaelites and her rendering is scholarly and able. This picture shows considerable study and a successful attack of difficulties, it is highly decorative and the distant trees are well put in. The same commendations apply to her picture entitled "The Narrows", which by its admirably decorative design is lifted above locality."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
           Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916

"The big trees and "Autumn" of Miss Grace Judge are good examples of this painstaking and improving artist."
      From "Local Work is on View" by Bernard McEvoy
      Vancouver Daily Province, October 2 1919

"Grace Judge's beautiful drawing of fairies and antique ladies and gentlemen have a delicacy that is very pleasing."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts" by Bernard McEvoy
      Vancouver Daily Province, April 28 1928

Article on Grace Judge and "another woman"
      Vancouver Province, April 7, 1929 p.5 (magazine section)

"Grace Judge shows three examples of clever penwork in black and white, delicate in execution, and showing much imagination and study of the fashions of a bygone day."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts", by Diogenes
      Vancouver Daily Province, November 13 1930

"The Judge Family is well represented with S.P. Judge and the Misses Grace and May P. Judge all exhibiting."
      From "Bargains in Art"
      Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933


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