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Doris Roos(e)male Le-Cocq
(Mrs. Fred J. Tabuteau)

c1899 -

A.R.M.S. (1950)

Doris Le-Cocq was born in Blackheath, London, England, the daughter of a Canadian journalist from Lethbridge, Alberta. Her 1939 marriage certificate noted that she was 37 years old at that time, but online information gives a birthdate of c1899.

She was brought up in Lethbridge but returned to England to study art, graduating from the Central School of Art in London, followed by post-graduate studies and employment as an assistant to Professor Garbe at the Royal College of Art at South Kensington.

She taught sculpture in England, and exhibited in England, Scotland, and Italy. She traveled widely before returning to Canada to take up a position as Instructor at the Provincial School of Technology in Calgary, Alberta.

She moved to Vancouver in 1939, where she married Frederick Joseph "Tabby" Tabuteau (1876 - 1961) on April 17 at the Vancouver Courthouse. Tabuteau was a tourist guide who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

She taught summer school and at the Vancouver Art School. She identified new locations for clay in British Columbia, and developed new glazes for her pottery.

She exhibited in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1940 to 1952.

She exhibited her ceramic work with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibition in 1942, and more work with the group in their 1944 and 1945 annual exhibitions.

She later had work in the 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

She wrote an article titled "On the Shores of the Adriatic" that was published in the Vancouver Sun on April 21, 1945. The article was subtitled "My wanderings in Yugoslavia before blight of war marred much of beauty."

Doris was widowed when Fred Tabuteau died in North Vancouver in 1961. No further information about her has been located by the editor.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Youth
Alsatians
Springtime
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Wilderness Folk - Pottery Group
Irish Donkeys - Pottery Group
Head of a Dancer - Portrait Bronze
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Mother and Child (ceramics)
Malamutes (ceramics)
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Youth
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Sea Spray
Jane and Duggan, Alsatians
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Leaping Fish (Black Talc Stone)
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work Trail Mushers
Future Milk Producers
Old Salt
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Baroque, Ceramic Group
Husky Sleigh-Dog
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual 15th Century Model, English Farmhouse
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Fallow Deer
Deer, Winter, Ceramic Group
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Sea Horse
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Sea Foam

References

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (refer to VAG51)

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)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Half page biography, four footnotes.

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      5 references cited for Lecocq.

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE marriage, husband's death (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

" ... sculptures by Doris Le Cocq (Mrs. F.A. Tabuteau) ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"The sculptors include ... Doris Le Cocq ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"Doris LeCocq has two fine pieces in the sculpture section ... "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

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