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The Northwest Arm, Halifax, oil on canvas, 20 1/8" x 24 1/8", signed and dated 1926.
Courtesy of Collection of the National Gallery of Canada
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A very distinguished early 20th century Canadian and British art educator, writer and painter, Elizabeth Styring Nutt was born on the Isle of Man, England and died in Sheffield, England. Attached below are biographies courtesy of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative*:

Biography from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Elizabeth Styring Nutt was born on the Isle of Man in 1870, but moved to Sheffield, England, following the death of her father. She studied at the Sheffield School of Art between 1897 and 1900, with fellow students (and Sheffield natives) Arthur Lismer and Frederick H. Varley. She also studied at the Newlyn School (Cornwall) with Stanhope Forbes, and later at the Sorbonne* and in Florence.  Her 1914 master’s thesis, on the subject of the teaching of colour, lead to her being elected as a fellow of the National Society of Art Masters of the United Kingdom.

Nutt began her art teaching career at the FirsHill Branch Art School (Sheffield), later teaching with the Sheffield School of Art and the Sheffield Training College for Teachers.  During this period of her life, she spent several years writing for various publications, largely on art matters.

In October 1919, Nutt arrived in Halifax to become principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design, succeeding Arthur Lismer, who recommended her as his successor. She remained in this position until 1943, successfully guiding the school through a period of growth, including its transformation into the degree granting Nova Scotia College of Art.

She exhibited with the Nova Scotia Society of Artists, of which she was a founding member (1922) and President (1929-1932), the Royal Canadian Academy [of Arts]*, the Ontario Society of Artists*, and the Art Association of Montreal [now Montreal Museum of Fine Arts], as well as the Sheffield Society of Artists, the Royal Academy* (London) and the Paris Salon*. In 1929, Nutt was elected Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy [of Arts]. Her work, rooted in English landscape painting, often showed a preference for English buildings, bridges and waterways - she would travel to England to paint in the summers - but she also painted many Nova Scotian subjects. Her paintings are in the National Gallery of Canada, the Nova Scotia Museum, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Sheffield. She returned to England in 1945 and died in 1946, in Sheffield.

Source: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Biography from the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative*

Elizabeth Styring Nutt attended a private art school in Sheffield and then entered the Sheffield School of Art, where she studied with J.T. Cook, Henry Archer and others. Next she studied at Newlyn with Stanhope Forbes, and then in Paris at the Sorbonne* and in Florence with Professor Simi. Returning to Sheffield she taught at the Firshill Branch Evening Art School and wrote columns on art subjects. In 1914 she completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Sheffield, and her thesis on colour was published. She exhibited with the Royal Academy*, with the Sheffield Society of Artists and at the Paris Salon*. In 1919 she was appointed Principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax [Nova Scotia]. In 1925 she changed the name of the school to the Nova Scotia College of Art. She became a member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists (1922) and an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy [of Arts]* (1929). She contributed a great deal to the development of art education in Nova Scotia. In 1943 she returned to Sheffield, where she died. She is represented in the collections of Dalhousie University, the National Gallery of Canada, and elsewhere.

MEDIA USED
Painting

EDUCATION
Sheffield School of Art (under J.T. Cook; Henry Archer)
Newlyn School of Art, Newlyn, England (under Stanhope Forbes)
Sorbonne
Private study (under Professor Simi, Florence)

MEMBERSHIPS
Nova Scotia Society of Artists, 1922; president 1930-1932
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Associate, 1929
Nova Scotia Society of Watercolour Painters, President, 1936

BIBLIOGRAPHY

WRITINGS ABOUT
A Century of Canadian Art. Ottawa and London: National Gallery of Canada and Tate Gallery, 1938.
"?" Arts Atlantic 2.2 (Sum-Fall 1979): 37.
"?" Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1932): 19-21.
"A Centennial Salute: AGNS Paintings by 15 NSCAD Studio Teachers." AGNS Journal & Calendar 3.3 (1986): 7-9.
"About People: Elizabeth Styring Nutt." MacLean's Magazine (1 Dec. 1928).
"Art Association 48th Spring Show High in Interest." Gazette (Montreal) 21 Mar. 1931.
"Art Association Spring Exhibition Opened Last Night." Montreal Herald 17 Mar. 1933.
"Art College Head Resigns." Halifax Mail 11 May 1943.
"Art College Principal for 24 Years Retires." Chronicle (Halifax) 11 May 1943.
"Big Attendance at Art Gallery Show." Gazette (Montreal) 28 Mar. 1937.
"Canadian Art Seen in Formative Phase." Halifax Mail 24 Mar. 1936.
"Collection of Paintings of 'Quality'." Halifax Mail 15 Oct. 1931.
"Elizabeth Nutt's life and work examined at Dal gallery exhibit." Mail Star (Halifax) 28 Nov. 1980.
"Elizabeth Styring Nutt Succumbs in England." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Apr. 1946.
"Elizabeth Styring Nutt." Halifax Chronicle Herald 29 Mar. 1946.
"Fine Work Marks R.C.A. Exhibition." Gazette (Montreal) 20 Nov. 1925.
"Gallery on trail of Nutt paintings." Mail Star (Halifax) 7 Oct. 1980.
"Halifax Lady Gives Splendid Lecture on Canadian Art." Times (Moncton) 6 Feb. 1925.
"History of Canadian Art Gives Comprehensive View." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Feb. 1944.
"In exhibiting three mountain studies [...]." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1933): 11-2.
"Is Presented With Painting." Halifax Star 12 May 1943.
"L'exposition du art gallery." La Patrie (Montreal) 25 Mar. 1931.
"Le Salon du Printemps." La Patrie (Montreal) 26 Mar. 1928: 17.
"Miss E. S. Nutt to Lecture." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Mar. 1936.
"Miss E.S. Nutt, Former Art College Head, Passes." Halifax Mail 28 Mar. 1946.
"Noted Teacher Retires." Star (Halifax) 12 May 1943.
"On Exhibition." Halifax Herald 16 Nov. 1938.
"Royal Canadian Academy of Arts." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Dec. 1929): 441.
"Shows Painting Of North West Arm." Mail Star (Halifax) 21 Feb. 1944.
"Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries: Younger Men and Women Encouraged by Jury of Selection." Gazette (Montreal) 23 Mar. 1928: 8.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Star (Montreal) 12 Mar. 1933.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Toronto Star 12 Mar. 1933.
"Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal." Toronto Star 22 Mar. 1933.
"Will Continue Fine Exhibit of Paintings." Star (Halifax) 13 Oct. 1931.
Art Association of Montreal. Catalogue of the Fifty-Third Spring Exhibition. Montreal: Art Association of Montreal, 1936.
Blakeley, Phyllis. "Key Roles Played by the Nova Scotia College of Art." Atlantic Advocate 57.9 (May 1967): 33-9.
Canadian National Exhibition. Contemporary Art of Canada and Newfoundland: Collection of the International Business Machines Corporation.New York: IBM Corporation, 1940.
Colgate, William. Canadian Art, its Origin and Development. Toronto: Ryerson, 1943.
Cranston, Marla. "Artistic legacy: Diamond Jubilee celebrates a group of artists who came together 75 years ago." Daily News (Halifax) 5 Dec. 1997: 41.
Dalhousie Art Gallery. Elizabeth S. Nutt: Heart and Head and Hand, Paintings from Nova Scotia Collections. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1981.
Dalhousie Art Gallery. Nova Scotian Women Artists in the Collection of Tony Saulnier. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1993.
Davies, Blodwen. "Canadian Women of Brush and Chisel." Chatelaine 3 (Jun. 1930): 9, 42.
Grier, E. Wyly. "The Forty-Ninth Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy." Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 5.1 (Jan. 1928): 19-24.
Haviland, Richard H. "Canadian Art and Artists - Miss Elizabeth S. Nutt, A.R.C.A." Montreal Standard 18 Feb. 1939.
Hubbard, R. H. National Gallery of Canada, Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Volume 3. Ottawa: Published for the Trustees by University of Toronto Press, 1960.
Jones, Hugh Griffith. History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Montreal: T.A. Dickson, 1934.
Kelly, Gemey. Backgrounds: Ten Nova Scotia Women Artists. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1984.
Kelly, Gemey. Elizabeth S. Nutt: Heart and Head and Hand; Paintings from Nova Scotia Collections. Halifax: Dalhousie University, 1981.
MacDonald, Colin S.. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
MacTavish, Newton. Ars Longa. Toronto: The Ontario Publishing Co., 1925.
Maritime Art Association. Paintings by Artists of the Maritime Provinces. Wolfville: Maritime Art Association, 1935.
McC., P. "History of Canadian Art Gives Comprehensive View." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Feb. 1944.
Morgan-Powell, S. "Museums - A Spring Exhibition." Montreal Star 22 Mar. 1929.
National Gallery of Canada. Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture: Canadian School. Ottawa: Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, 1957.
National Gallery of Canada. Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Painting. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1936.
O'Neill, Mora Dianne. Choosing Their Own Path: Canadian Women Impressionists. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2001.
O'Neill, Mora Dianne. Diamond Jubilee: Nova Scotia Society of Artists. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1998.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1930. Toronto: 1930.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Sixtieth Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1932. Toronto: 1932.
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Sixty-Second Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1934. Toronto: 1934.
Reynald. "À propos du vol au Salon du Printemps." La Presse (Montreal) 20 Apr. 1933.
Robson, Albert Henry. Canadian Landscape Painters. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1932.
Rose, Peter. "Canadian artist's identity a mystery." Antiques and Art 6.4 (Apr-May 1980).
Smith, Josephine. Training, early professional career and publicatoins of the Sheffield artist and art educator Elizabeth Styring Nutt (1870-1946). Leicester: De Montfort University, 2000.
Soucy, Donald. Training for art-related employment: community support for Halifax's art school, 1887-1943. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1996.
Stacey, Robert. "Eighty: 1887-1967." Eighty/Twenty: 100 Years of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1988.
Stephenson, Marilla. "Dedication Sunday for Art Gallery Salon." Mail Star (Halifax) 25 Apr. 1989.
Tooby, Michael. Our Home and Native Land: Sheffield's Canadian Artists, Arthur Lismer, Elizabeth Nutt, Stanley Royle, Frederick H. Varley and their cotemporaries. Sheffield: Mappin Art Gallery, 1991.
Zwicker, Leroy. "Art in Nova Scotia." Canadian Art 3.1 (Oct. 1945): 14-7.

WRITINGS BY
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Significance" or Flower Drawing with the Children. Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd, 1916; reprinted 1921.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Why" in the drawing lesson. Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd, 1929.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. Canadian Art. Halifax: Nova Scotia College of Art, 1934.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. World of Appearance. Sheffield, England: Parker Bros, 1935.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Art in Canada." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 11 Apr. 1929.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Art's Place in the Community" [Text of address by Nutt at Truro, Nova Scotia] Chronicle (Halifax) 5 Dec. 1921.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Nova Scotian Art Making Progress" (Text of address by Nutt at Maritime Women's Club of Montreal) Gazette (Montreal) March 24, 1936.
Nutt, Elizabeth Styring. "Training in Art Need in Schools." [Text of address given by Nutt at Women's Art Society, Montreal] Gazette (Montreal)25 Mar. 1936.

Source: Canadian Women Artists History Initiative*

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