Bobs Cogill Haworth RCA, CGP, CSPWC, OSA (1904 – 1988)
Barbara "Bobs" Zema Warbain (née Cogill) Haworth was a painter, illustrator, muralist and potter who was born in Queenstown, South Africa; she moved to Toronto, Canada in 1923, where she lived for the rest of her life. Her mediums were watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed mediums, and gouache. Her subjects were primarily landscapes, shore scapes and abstracts. Her style was expressionist.
She studied at the Royal College of Art, London, England with Sir William Rothenstein (1872 - 1945), Tristram James Ellis (1844-1922) and Dora M. Billington (1890-1968); and the University of London where she received the ARCA degree. In Canada she taught ceramics at the Toronto Central Technical School and was a lecturer at the University of Toronto.
During World War II she was posted in British Columbia to record the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. She also designed silkscreen prints for the National Gallery of Canada.
She was a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (President 1954 - 1956), the Canadian Group of Painters, the Royal Canadian Academy (A.R.C.A.,1948), the Ontario Society of Artists, and was Honorary President of the Canadian Guild of Potters.
From its creation in 1933 she exhibited her work dozens of times with the Canadian Group of Painters; she also exhibited with the other organizations listed above. The venues included The National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton; as well as The Art Institute of Chicago (1939), The New York World’s Fair (1939) and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio De Janeiro (1944). She also had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1975.
Her works are in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Art Gallery of Windsor and the National Gallery of South Africa..
She illustrated Marius Barbeau's Kingdom of the Saguenay (1936) with her husband Peter Haworth (1889-1986), and she also illustrated the book Habitant Merchant.
As a prominent Canadian artist her work is discussed in many books about Canadian art history, there are also numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She is listed in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. Mac Donald, published by Canadian Paperbacks Ltd. (8 volumes); also in The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar, published by Westbridge Publications Ltd. (4 Volumes); in Falk's Who Was Who in American Art (3 volumes) and in Jaques Cattell Press, Who's Who in American Art 15th Edition (1982), published by R.R.Bowker Co. total pages 1204. Her work is also discussed and illustrated in Four Decades (1972) by Paul Duval, published by Clark Irwin & Co. Ltd. (191 pgs, color); and in Art Gallery of Ontario – the Canadian Collection, published by McGraw-Hill Co. of Canada Ltd. (603pgs, B&W). She is also listed in the book By A Lady - Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women (1992) by Maria Tippett, published by Penguin Books Canada Ltd. (226 pages, color and B&W).
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke