A Guide to Women in Canadian History
Emily Carr: Chronology
By Virginia Watson-Rouslin for Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria
After Emily Carr’s Death
- 1871 — Born December 13, Victoria, British Columbia
- 1879 — Attends Mrs. Fraser’s Private School. Art lessons begin
- 1886 — Death of Emily’s mother; two years later her father dies
- 1890 — Studies art in San Francisco
- 1893 — Returns to Victoria. Teaches children’s art classes in the “Barn Studio”
- 1894 — Wins prize for drawing at Victoria Agricultural Fair
- 1899 — First trip to Ucluelet to sketch; studies art in England
- 1906 — Acquires “Billie,” her beloved Bobtail Sheepdog
- 1907 — Visits Alaska, stops at Alert Bay. Decides to visit Indian sites and paint
records of their vanishing villages
- 1913 — First major exhibition of 200 First Nations’ paintings in Vancouver at Drummond Hall. Vancouver Province gives enthusiastic review
- 1917 — Sets up kennels to raise and sell bobtail dogs
- 1921 — Acquires “Woo,” her Javanese monkey?
- 1927 — Goes to Eastern Canada; meets Group of Seven. Participates in “Canadian West Coast Art: Native and Modern” at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa
- 1937 — First heart attack. Successful solo exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario
- 1938 — Solo exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery
- 1941 — Klee Wyck published Wins Governor General’s Award for Literature.
- 1942 — Last sketching trip. Major heart attack. Publication of The Book of Small
- 1943 — Solo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle
- Hospitalized with another stroke. Begins to write "Hundreds and Thousands"
- 1944 — Paints in Beacon Hill from wheelchair. The House of All Sorts published. Has third stroke
- 1945 — Enters St. Mary’s Priory. Last heart attack. Dies March 2, at age 73
- Carr's posthumous publications: Growing Pains,1946; Pause: A Sketch Book and The Heart of a Peacock,1953, Hundreds and Thousands, 1966 This and That, 2007; Emily Carr: A Biography by Maria Tippett, 1979; The Life of Emily Carr by Paula Blanchard, 1988
- 2001 — “Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keefe & Frida Kahlo” curated by McMichael Canadian Art Collection travels North America
- 2001 — Sculptor Barbara Paterson makes first sketch of “Our Emily”
- 2006 — “Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon,” co-curated by Vancouver Art Gallery & The National Gallery of Art, travels across Canada
- 2008 — Parks & Recreation Foundation of Victoria begins fund-raising for “Our Emily,” monument to be placed on grounds of Victoria’s Empress Hotel
- 2009/2010 — The Audain Foundation of Vancouver, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications and Victoria businessman Frank Garnett give large donations to support the “Our Emily” monument.
- October 13, 2010 — 'Our Emily' monument unveiled in Victoria.