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Emily Carr with her Monkey and Dogs, 1933

Arthur Lismer
British, Canadian, 1885 - 1969
charcoal with pen and black ink on wove paper
18.4 x 23.5 cm
Gift of the artist, Montreal, 1960
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9084)

In 1932, commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada, Lismer launched a series of lectures that eventually took him across Canada. While in Victoria, he saw Emily Carr and made this study. The image of Carr carrying her monkey, Woo, on her shoulder, surrounded by a group of dogs and cats, would have been immediately recognizable to any inhabitant of Victoria at the time.

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