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Maria McLaren (act. 1860s-1900s)

Maria McLaren (act. 1860s-1900s)


"Florence, The Duomo" 1882


9.75" x 6.75" Image

17" x 14" Framed


Excellent Condition

Provenance: Private Hamilton Collection

  • Biography

    Miss. Maria McLaren (Hamilton)


    This watercolour was taken/removed from set of sketch books containing watercolours painted by Maria McLaren of Hamilton, Ontario. The sketch books date from the mid 1860’s to 1900. The books contain watercolours of Hamilton, Muskoka, Nantucket, Europe, the Bahamas, and many beautifully rendered watercolours of botanical sketches. Little is known of the artist, but a Miss McLaren is noted as a member of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton in Climbing the Cold White Peaks (9. 206) and in the book Women’s Art Association the First 100 years as Miss. M. McLaren (p. 114). The quality of her watercolours speaks for themselves as to her ability in this medium.


    Based on the information from a New York Times, page 7, on Monday, September 12, 1894 a Miss Maria McLaren arrived with what I believe to be her mother Miss Harriett and Sister Jean; transportation was Berlin from Southampton late Monday night. Upon searching the Society Blue books the same grouping of names are published together. Miss Harriett McLaren is suggested to be the head of the household, with two ladies Miss Jean McLaren and Miss Maria McLaren available for societal visits on Wednesdays; 1906 listed at 64 Hannah St. East, and 1910, at 64 Charlton Ave, Hamilton.


    The sketch books were purchased at a garage sale in October 2014, Hamilton, and resold at Aberfoyle the next day.

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