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Maude Mary Lettice

c1878 - April 7 1976

Island Arts and Crafts Society
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)

Maude Mary Lettice was an amateur painter who was born and educated in Victoria. She was baptised on July 14 1878 according to B.C. Vital Statistics on-line, although her actual date of birth is not listed. Her father's given name was Robert, and her mother's Margaret. There are four additional sibling baptisms listed on-line: Margaret Catherine (1881), Florence Mabel (1875), William Henry (1869), and Eleanor Susanna (1867).

The family lived in the home "Yaxley" at 1129 Faithful Street, Victoria. She was a life member of the Victoria Sketch Club, formerly the Island Arts and Crafts Society, and exhibited her paintings with them from 1910 to 1941.

In 1932 Lettice 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. She was noted as being a Victoria artist.

LETTICE, Maude M.
Born in Victoria, daughter of the late Robert Lettice of the Melrose Company, Ltd., Victoria, and one of B.C.'s pioneers. Educated in Victoria and took up the study of Art; her paintings have been hung in galleries in Victoria and Vancouver and private exhibitions in Toronto and Halifax. Among her many patrons are the Duchess of Devonshire, and the late Gov. W.C. Nicol. Is prominent member of the Island Arts and Crafts Society, Victoria. Miss Lettice is an ardent church worker and is a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. Recreation: Golf and gardening, and is a great walker and lover of animals. Residence: Yaxley, 1120 Faithful St., Victoria, B.C.

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39 (see below)


She exhibited for many years in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, including 1932 to 1934, 1936, 1940, 1943, 1945 to 1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, and 1956.

Lettice was named Woman of the Year during Women's International Year in 1975. Her work is in the collection of the B.C. Provincial Archives. She died in Victoria in 1976 aged 97.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Early Morning, Cowichan Bay V.I.
1933 Mar. 3 - 15 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition The Wrentham Lily Farm, Saanich
Springtime
Early Morning, Shawnigan Lake
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual An August Afternoon
Summertime
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Seymour Creek, B.C.
1935 Nov. 22 - Dec. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Springtime in the Uplands, Victoria, B.C.
Summer on Saanich Arm, V.I.
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual A Mountain Road
1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9 VAG   B.C. Artists 7th Annual Reflections
1939 Mar. 14 - 26 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Reflections
A Mountain Road
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual August Blue
After Rain
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Evening, Vancouver
August, Horseshoe Bay
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Summer
Peace
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Fishing Boats
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Arbutus Trees
Sugar Maple Camp
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Rhythm
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual The Sentinels

References

ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB 5th ANNUAL EXHIBITION (refer to IACS14)

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39
      A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
      S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
      Copyright 1939, printed by The Robson Printers, Vancouver B.C.
      208 pages, hardcover; name index (8 pages), biographies (196 pages), obits. (4 pages)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

PLANTAE OCCIDENTALIS - 200 Years of Botanical Art in British Columbia
      1979, By Maria Newberry House, The Botanical Garden, U.B.C., Technical Bulletin No 11
      Exhibition catalogue, illustrated; list of works; ISSN 0703-1432
      Includes Introduction to the Art; A Historical Overview of Botanical Art in B.C.
      Extensive list of references; ethnobotanical commentary on plants in the exhibition.
      Includes one work illustrated "Nootka Rose, Common Snowberry", and biographical precis.

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

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

Clippings

" ... the 118 artists who have signed the agreement to date ... include ... Maude M. Lettiie (sic) ... "
      From "Canadian Artists Unite to Boycott National Gallery," by The Canadian Press
      Montreal Gazette, December 8, 1932

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Maud Lettice ... "
      from "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

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