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Mary Edith Perceval Judge (May)

June 10 1875 - January 11 1966

Vancouver Poetry Society (Charter Member)

May Judge was born in Surbiton England, and arrived in Vancouver in 1902 or 1903 with her parents. Her father was an artist, as were her brother Spencer Perceval Judge and her sister Grace Judge.

May wrote poetry, and was published in Vancouver as early as 1907, in the December issue of Man to Man magazine.

Judge exhibited in the 1910, 1911, 1912, 1920, and 1921 Annual Exhibitions of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts. The 1920 exhibition was held at the Vancouver School Board offices on Hamilton Street.

May was a poet, and had two poetry chapbooks published by Ryerson Press, one in 1931 and one prior to that. The cover illustration for The Way to Fairyland is below.

May had work in the 1933 B.C. Artists exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and also in the 1933 B.C. Artists Christmas exhibition.

The 1940 B.C. Directory listed her as a School Teacher. In 1946 she and her sister Grace Judge gave an exhibition of their watercolours at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both of the women were living at 239 East 10th Avenue, North Vancouver at the time, telephone number North 774R. It cost them $5.00 to rent a room from the gallery for their exhibition.

May's work was included in the retrospective 1960 B.C. Society of Fine Arts exhibition, and later in the exhibition "Contemporaries of Emily Carr", at the Simon Fraser University Gallery, February 5 - 22, 1974.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1946 Nov. 19 - Dec. 8 Exhibition by May Judge and Grace Judge VAG Exhibition No. 742

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1909 November BCSFA    Second Exhibition Deadman's Island
1910 May BCSFA   Third Exhibition Evening
1912 Nov. 25 - 30 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Twilight, Union Bay
The Year's at the Spring
Cowans Pt.
The After Glow
1920 September 18 - 25 BCSFA   Annual Exhibition Sissinghurst
Harrison Lake
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Exhibition Scenes in Santa Barbara
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual The Lions, North Vancouver
1933 Dec. 1 - 17 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Gonzales Hill, Victoria
Scenes in Santa Barbara
English Bay, Vancouver
1934 Dec. 4 - 16 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Views of Vancouver, B.C.
Views of Howe Sound, B.C.


References - MONOGRAPHS

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
      1974, February 5 - 23; exhibition catalogue; illustrated, list of exhibits
      by James Warren Felter and Maria Tippett
      Exhibition held at the Simon Fraser University Gallery

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

References - GENERAL

THE GOLD STRIPE - VOLUME TWO
      1919, May. Published by the Amputation Club of B.C., Vancouver
      220 pages (including text, advertisements and photographs)
      Poem "Villanelle" by May illustrated by her sister Grace, page 104.

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

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

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference listed for May Judge, surprisingly no entries for her sister or brother.

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

Clippings

"The Judge Family is well represented with S.P. Judge and the Misses Grace and May P. Judge all exhibiting."
      From "Bargains in Art"
      Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933

"Judge. On Jan. 11, 1966 Miss Mary Edith Percival Judge, 239 East 10th Street, North Vancouver. Survived by her loving sisters, Miss Ruth, Vernon; Miss Grace, North Vancouver; her sister in law, Mrs. A.P. Judge, Vernon; other relatives in England. A charter member of Vancouver's Poetry Society. Funeral Services, Burrard Chapel Jan. 13. Cremation. Ocean View.
      Vancouver Province, Jan 12 1966 p 24 col 3


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