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Anna Gertrude Lawson Cheney (Nan)
(Mrs. Hill Harrison Cheney)

June 22 1897 - November 3 1985

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (1937)
B.C. Society of Artists (Member ? - 1942-43 - ?, Life Member 1957)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Member 1941)

Born Anna Gertrude Lawson in Windsor, Nova Scotia. She was a pupil of the School of Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Rockport Summer School, Rockport, Mass.; the Newcomb Art School, New Orleans; and the School of Medical Illustration, John Hopkins University, Baltimore.

She had solo exhibitions of her work in 1930 at the Wilson & Co. Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, and at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1938. She also showed work at the National Gallery, Ottawa, in 1932, and the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1940.

She was employed as a medical illustrator at McGill University from 1921-24, and taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts, 1936. She moved to Vancouver c1937 and later taught at U.B.C. from 1951 - 1962.

She exhibited work in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions, and in the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

She was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

She exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in a number of their Annual Exhibitions. Cheney's work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada by her portrait of Emily Carr. Cheney is one of the artists known to have painted Savary Island.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1938 Mar. 26 - Apr. 10 Paintings & Water Colours VAG
1938 July 12 - 27 Six Local Artists VAG
1942 April 28 - May 10 Oil Paintings (17 pictures) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 6th Annual Miss Mary R. Lawson, M.B.E.
Bobsy
Canterbury Bells
1938 April 29 - May 15 BCSFA   28th Annual The Hungarian Costume
Calla Lilies
Arums
1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9 VAG   B.C. Artists 7th Annual The Black Tusk, Garibaldi Park, B.C.
Shelf Glacier, Garibaldi Park, B.C.
White Peonies
Garibaldi Lake, B.C.
1939 June 9 - 25 BCSFA   29th Annual Portrait Sketch
Emily Carr
W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A.
J.W.G. Macdonald
The Caves, Sphynx Glacier, Garibaldi Park
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Mary Capilano
Coal Harbour
Mending Salmon Nets, Lulu Island
Autumn
Dr. G.G. Sedgewick
1940 May 17 - June 2 BCSFA   30th Annual Portrait Sketch
Portrait Sketch
Portrait Sketch
Portrait Sketch
Miss Gale Taylor
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual June Morning, Savary Island
West Wind, Savary Island
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Portrait
Portrait
Portrait
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Donald Erickson
Mrs. Haller
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Mary Capilano
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Relics of the Sea
Gatineau Lake
Flowers
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Relics of the Sea
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual British Columbia River
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Portrait, Sheila Weir
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer British Columbia River
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Ice Caves, Garibaldi
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Lumber Mill, Nelson
Consolidated Smelter
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual The Signal, Savary Island
Sand Dunes, Savary Island
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Ice Caves, Garibaldi
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Source of the Columbia River
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Mary Capilano
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Coast of B.C.
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Foxglove and Paeonies
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Foxgloves and Peonies
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Nancy Jean Wright, Trail, B.C.
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual October in the Park
British Columbia Coast
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Mr. G.M. Crawford, Portrait Sketch
David Mather, Portrait Sketch
Dr. A.M. Agnew
West Coast
Forsythia in February
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Lumber Mill, Nelson, B.C.
Drying Fish Nets, B.C.
1985 AGGV   B.C. Women Artists Back of the House of All Sorts

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

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

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

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

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

DEAR NAN - Letters of Emily Carr, Nan Cheney, and Humphrey Toms
      1990, edited by Doreen Walker; 436 pages
      University of British Columbia Press; ISBN 0-7748-0348-7
      250 letters transcribed, includes extensive biographical notes, excellent index
      Extensive information regarding Cheney.

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Cheney.

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     2 references to Cheney.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

"Cheney Paintings Gallery Feature" by T.H.W.
      Vancouver Daily Province, March 26 1938

"Clever Portraiture Marks Exhibit at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
      News-Herald, March 28 1938

"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... Nan Lawson Cheney ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

"Other worthwhile exhibits are by ... Nan Lawson Cheney ..."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"Pastel Portraits and Payne Display Art Gallery Features" by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 1942

"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... Nan Lawson Cheney ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943


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