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Frederick Walter Lee

October 8 1863 - February 2 1948

British Society of Miniature Painters (Member 1897)
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member 1921 - 1922)
British Columbia Artist (BCA, 1921)

Frederick Walter Lee was born in London, England. He took art training at the South Kensington Art School.

Lee moved to Canada in 1899, and exhibited five paintings with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1899 and 1900. He settled in Saskatchewan, but lost most of his possessions in a fire and came west to B.C. by horse and cart. He settled in Chilliwack in 1904, where he painted (specializing in miniatures and landscapes) and taught painting. He was no longer active as an artist in 1941.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their September 1921 annual exhibition.

Conflicting dates are given for his death, including 1941 (Langmann and National Gallery Occasional Paper 7), and 1944 (VAG Library index card). B.C. Vital Statistics gives the date definitively as February 2, 1948, at the age of 84, at Chilliwack.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Exhibition Dewy June
Spring
A Mountain Road
Indian River
A Stormy Beach

References

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

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

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)

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

AN EXHIBITION OF OUR COLLECTION OF
EARLY WESTERN CANADIAN WATERCOLORS
(refer to UL78)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)
      Two exhibition listings for Lee in 1899 and 1900.

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

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Contains a short and uncharacteristically vague biography, with one footnote.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      8 references cited for Lee.

INDEX TO NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA EXHIBITION CATALOGUES
and CHECKLISTS 1880 - 1930

      2007; ISBN 978-0-88884-835-2; softcover, 514 pages
      Published by National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives: Occasional Paper Number 7
      Includes essay, catalogues, artist listings, collector listings, bibliography
      Reference to Lee page 315.

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1905/1910/1912/1931-32/1934 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

"Paintings on View" by (unknown)
     Progress, Chilliwack, August 22 1961


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