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Kathleen Shackleton

February 5 1884 - 1961

M.B.E.
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Kathleen Shackleton was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1884. She was the sister of noted Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. She emigrated to Canada in 1912, and lived in Montreal until returning to England in 1916. She later returned to Canada, again living in Montreal but also apparently traveling to the West Coast. She was primarily a portrait artist, and produced a large body of work of many different types of people, including labourers and authors, for example.

In 1931 she was living in Montreal. She exhibited five paintings with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts from 1931 to 1941. She exhibited extensively with the Art Association of Montreal from 1913 to 1915, 1927 to 1934, and 1941 and 1944.

SHACKLETON, Kathleen, M.E.
Born in Ireland, daughter of the late Dr. Henry Shackleton and sister of the noted English explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton; educated, Sydenham High School, London, England; studied art and journalism; has done numerous illustrations for books and magazines; illustrated first book "Sausy and All," written by her sister Helen Shackleton; was portrait artist and editor on Montreal Star; 1923 painted portraits of early Canadian settlers for the C.P.R.; spent four months travelling in the Arctic, painting portraits of the natives of Aklavik, N.W. Territories, commissioned by the Hudson's Bay Co.; 1927 painted 77 portraits of Northern Canadian Indians; has travelled extensively; Residence: London, England, and Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39 (see below)

She exhibited her work in the 1939 and 1940 B.C. Artists annual exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Shackleton died in London in 1961. There are extensive references available for Shackleton and her work on the Internet.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1939 Aug. 15 - Sept. 3 Portraits of Persons & Places VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Henry Bulwer, Esq. (of Vancouver)
Arctic Trading Store
Down North
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual T.A. Kelley, Esq.
Mrs. Victor Odlum
Mrs. Owen Lauritzen

References

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39
      A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
      S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
      Copyright 1939, printed by The Robson Printers, Vancouver B.C.
      208 pages, hardcover; name index (8 pages), biographies (196 pages), obits. (4 pages)

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

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

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)
     2-1/2 pages of information and references to the artist.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      5 references listed for Shackleton, including RCA above.

Clippings

"City Portraits in Art Display" by (unknown)
     Vancouver Sun, Aug. 18, 1939

"Exhibition by Miss Shackleton" by (unknown)
     News-Herald, Aug. 16, 1939


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