We love getting stories and photos please send them in. Thanks to Allan Stanley we now have a complete bio on Mary Bell-Eastlake.
Here is the info I have put together for Mary Bell-Eastlake. The bio is quite long and you may feel you need to edit it. However, it is important to know that some of her work is in the permanent Canadian collection at the National Gallery in Ottawa. That is how we came to know her from the Canadian 150 show at the gallery and with a little research came cross 2 paintings of Almonte from early in the 20th century. The one I was most interested in is called “Moonrise” which after close inspection reminded me of the view across “The Bay” to Almonte’s “New England”.
After I sent that off to you I was curious as to her death… Almonte or Ottawa? Well, at least I know where she is buried… at the Auld Kirk cemetery. See photo and link below.
Mary Eastlake was born in Douglas, Ontario in 1864. She studied in Montréal with Robert Harris, in New York at the Art Students League with William Chase in 1885, and at the Académie Colarossi.
She worked with oil and pastels, her subject matter often landscapes and portraits, especially including children.
In 1886 she was commissioned to paint a number of works for American patrons in New York. She traveled to France and England in 1890 and to Paris in 1891.
She became a member of the staff of Victoria School of Art, Montréal, in 1892.
In the early 1890’s she lived briefly in Almonte, Ontario. She later moved to England and settled in St. Ives, where she met and married the English painter Charles H. Eastlake. Wither her husband, they created jewelley enamels.
Throughout her life she traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. In 1939 the couple returned to Montréal and then Almonte, Ontario.
She became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1893 but resigned following her marriage. She was also a member of the Pastel Society of London, The Women’s International Art Club, and the Boston Water-Colour Society.
She exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal from 1888-1943, with the Ontario Society of Artists in 1892, The Royal Canadian Academy from 1887-1943, The Toronto Industrial Exhibition in 1894, The Royal Institute of Painters in Oil, The London Pastel Society and also in Buffalo, Boston among others.
She died in Almonte, Ontario in 1951.
the mill by mary bell eastlake 1925
- The Ottawa Journal,
- 10 Feb 1953, Tue,
- Page 15
- The Ottawa Journal,
- 06 May 1955, Fri,
- Page 33
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