Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
Mrs. Webster's Art School
c1892 - 1893
Mrs. Webster's Art School was probably the earliest school
of art in Vancouver. It was founded in the early 1890s by
Mrs. Webster, wife of Captain Webster, the first manager
of the Union Steamship Company.
The art school was discussed briefly in the 1944
Golden Jubilee issue of Museum Notes, produced by the Art,
Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver.
"Of these survivors - all more than four-score years of age - one, Mrs. Banfield, has
rendered invaluable service as chairman of one of the committees that has organized
the present Jubilee commemoration. Another, Mrs. Richards, whose first
husband was Captain Webster, first manager of the Union Steamship Company here, played
an active part in the earliest deliberations of the Association, and prior to that,
herself established a pioneer art school and organized monthly discussions in an unused
part of her husband's office in a room on Hastings Street near Cambie. From a letter
received from her recently by Major Matthews, city archivist, it is apparent that she
is still keenly interested in the progress of the Association and Museum."
From Golden Jubilee Issue by (unknown)
Museum Notes, 1944