Collection SC633 - Maud Sherman collection

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Maud Sherman collection

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  • 1920 - 1925 (Creation)
    Sherman, Maud Rees, 1900-1976

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8 watercolours : 17.5 x 25.5 cm or smaller.

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Maud Rees Sherman (October 8, 1900 - July 5, 1976) was born in Mission City, B.C. She was a charter member of the B.C. Art League in 1921, Vancouver Art School founding student in 1925, member of the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School (PASOVAS), charter member of the Vancouver Art Gallery 1932, Federation of Canadian Artists founding member 1941, and B.C. Society of Fine Arts member 1947-1951. Sherman exhibited in the 1920 Annual Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, held at the Vancouver School Board offices on Hamilton Street. Maud was a member of the first class in the new Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts when it opened in 1925, and wrote a long article titled "Places To Sketch" in the first issue of "The Paint Box", the art school's annual. From at least 1933 to 1935 Maud had a studio in the West End of Vancouver, at 1087 Bute Street, in a house owned by Beatrice Lennie's grandfather. Other artists working there at that time included Fred Varley, Jock MacDonald, and Vera Weatherbie. Maud exhibited her paintings extensively in Vancouver for over forty years, in both juried and open exhibitions. One of her paintings was selected from the juried Fifth B.C. Artists exhibition to go to an exhibition in Chilliwack. Others were selected for the All-Canadian Exhibition of 1932, and the B.C. Society of Fine Arts 40th and 50th Annual Retrospective exhibitions.

Custodial history

Kept in Sherman family living room buffet drawer 1920s to 1988 at 3642 Dundas Street, Vancouver (was also 3642 Powell Street)
Inherited by Waiter Sherman 1976 (brother, after death of Maud Sherman)
Inherited by June Sherman 1988 (niece, after death of Waiter Sherman)
Donated by June Sherman to Mrs. Joan Dendys (neighbour) 1988
Kept in Joan Dendys' living room buffet drawer 1988 to 1998
Donated by Mrs. Joan Dendys to Gary Sim 1998
Collection of Gary Sim 1998 to 2020

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The collection consists of eight watercolours of Vancouver Island and Savary Island painted by artist Maud Sherman between ca. 1920 and 1925.

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Gift of Gary Sim, 2020.


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The paintings were described by Maud Sherman in her article titled "Places to Sketch", published by the students at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in their annual "The Paint Box", June 1926.

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Created by JF, February 16, 2021.

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