Fonds F2019 - Ellen Simon fonds

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CA ON00335 F2019


Ellen Simon fonds


  • 1947-1999 (Creation)

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6 drawings : pencil on paper ; 41 x 24 cm or smaller
2 pages of textual record

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Biographical history

Ellen Simon, stained-glass artist, was born in 1916 in Toronto, Ontario. She was educated at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Toronto, the Ontario College of Art, Toronto (where she studied with Yvonne McKague Housser, Franklin Carmichael, and Gustave and Emmanuel Hahn), the Art Students League of New York, the New School, and the Bank Street School Writers Laboratory. She apprenticed with Yvonne Williams in Toronto and with the Joep Nicolas Studio, the New York Psychiatric Institute, the Art Therapy Workshops with Edith Kramer, and the Art Therapy Training Institute. Her work is considered "classically modernist in treatment with an emphasis on political and social issues." For almost 40 years she worked in the Toronto studio of Yvonne Williams. Her work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada. Ellen Simon died on November 19, 2011 in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Archival history

The drawings were held by Rosemary Kilbourn until 1999.

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Fonds was donated by Ellen Simon in 1999.

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Fonds consists of pencil drawings executed by Ellen Simon as designs for the stained glass windows on the east wall of Strachan Hall, Trinity College. At the time she was working for the Yvonne Williams Studio, and the work was commissioned by Gerald Larkin.
Three of the windows were completed. The fonds also includes a statement written by Ellen Simon in 1999 regarding the commission, design and execution of the windows.

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Copyright is held by Trinity College

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  • English



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