Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Caroline Helena Armington
(nee Wilkinson, Mrs. Frank Armington)

September 11 1875 - October 25 1939

Chicago Society of Etchers (USA)
California Society of Etchers (USA)
Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (France)
Societe des Aquafortistes Francais (France)
Societe des Gravures Francais (France)


Caroline Armington was born in Brampton, Ontario in 1875. She began studying art c1890 in Toronto. She trained as a nurse, but by 1901 she was teaching art.

She married Frank Armington in Paris in 1900, where they later moved to in 1905.

The Armingtons were commissioned to travel across Canada by the Canadian Pacific Railway and produce images for the railway's use. Some of these images were exhibited in September 1911, in Vancouver. The Art Gallery of Peel list of selected exhibitions incorrectly states that this exhibition was at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was actually founded twenty years later in 1931. The location of the exhibition has yet to be determined by this author.

She exhibited work in the 1932 All Canadian Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1936. She died of a heart attack in New York in 1939.

By the time she passed away, she had completed an estimated 557 etchings and drypoints. Her work is in major collections around the world.

Frank Armington survived Caroline by two years before dying of a heart attack in the same New York apartment where Caroline died. The Armington papers and photographs were then destroyed, making their history less accessible than it should be.


Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1936 March 20 - 29 Etchings Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition The Tower Bridge, London
Le Moulin a Pont Meno


References - MONOGRAPHS

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

References - GENERAL

THE DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARTISTS 1880 - 1940 (refer to DBA76)

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

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)
      Three etchings listed in one exhibition for Armington.

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Over 2 pages of information on Armington.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      14 references cited for Armington.

ARTISTS IN CANADA
      National Gallery of Canada list of Canadian Artists

Clippings

"At the Art Gallery", by (unknown)
      West End Breeze, March 19 1936


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