Barnsley in the National Gallery
by J. Barry Lord,
Curator, The New Brunswick Musuem
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1 cf. Art Gallery of Toronto information form completed by
Mrs Barnsley in 1912 verifying that the artist had not worked for 20
years; from 1907 until his death Verdun Protestant Hospital records
describe Barnsley's general condition as 'not lucid'.
2 cf. especially R.C.A. and Montreal Spring Exhibition
catalogues for those years.
3 cf. catalogues, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,
1962, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1960.
4 J. M. Barnsley (1861-1929) Retrospective, Vancouver,
5 Ryerson, Toronto, 1936.
6 N. G. acc. no. 771 and a sketch book in coll. Gerald
7 December 1892- June 1893; 1896-1907.
8 H. A. Rothermel Co., I, 4; copy in coll. The
Missouri Historical Society of St Louis.
9 Anonymous, 'Art Notes', Student Life, Washington
University, St Louis, December 1880, IV, 3.
10 Student Life, 1879- 1881; Palette Scrapings, 1882,
1, 2, 3.
11 MMFA acc. no. Dr 34.171.
12 A St Louis newspaper clipping of 1883 gives his address as 49,
ave St Germain, Puteaux; many pertinent references are to be found
in 'Chips and Shavings', a scrapbook in Mrs Barnsley's estate, in
coll. The Royal Trust Company, Montreal.
13 There are a number of studies of street-lamps in Bamsley's
14 Acquired as 'La Seine à Paris' in 1962, this oil view of
Courbevoie is probably the larger of two works exhibited variously
as 'On the Seine', 'On the Seine, Paris' and 'On the Seine, below
Paris' in R. C. A. exhibitions of 1906 and 1912, and in Montreal
Spring exhibitions of 1906, 1908, 1910 and 1913.
15 in coll. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, acc. no. 102.
16 Present location unknown; possibly a sketch for it is the very
rough pencil drawing inscribed (inter alia) 'Quai St Bernard'
in a sketch book in coll. Gerald Stevens, Toronto.
17 Mrs Barnsley's comments on National Gallery and Art Gallery of
Toronto information for his, personal recollections of Mrs Frederick
Hall of St Louis (who recalls the Barnsleys' visit to her family c.
1887) and newspaper accounts in 'Chips and Shavings' (cf. n.
12) all support this account.
18 Pencil, 3 7/8" x 6 1/2", inscribed lower left 'St Malo
/ la Plage', probably 1885; Vancouver retrospective catalogue no.
19 cf. Salon catalogues; Boudin exhibited throughout these
20 G. Cahen, Eugène Boudin, sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris,
21 Reproduced in Art and Music, H. A. Rothermel Co., St
Louis, March 1882, 1,7, p. 192.
22 Paris, 1885, clipping in 'Chips and Shavings' (cf. n. 12).
23 'marine à voir' - Journal des Artistes, Paris, 1885; 'a meritorious
painting, showing much careful and painstaking work', Galignani's
Messenger, Paris, 1885; both clippings in 'Chips and Shavings'
(cf. n. 12).
24 'A Letter from Barnsley', 1885, clipping in 'Chips and Shavings' (cf.
25 'Exposition News', 1885(?), clipping in 'Chips and Shavings' (cf.
26 cf. Vancouver retrospective catalogue nos. 3, 14.
27 Derricks and similar dockside apparatus appear in several other
paintings and drawings.
28 e.g. Windmill in Holland, in coll. Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts, acc. no.706.
29 cf. a sketch book in coll. Gerald Stevens,
Toronto, as well as N. G. acc. no.771.
30 e.g. Vancouver retrospective catalogue nos. 26, 27.
31 cf. Vancouver retrospective catalogue no.54.
32 1889-1895; cf. Maurice Cullen, 1866-1934, The Art Gallery
of Hamilton, 1956.
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