Unvarnished: Autobiographical Sketches by Emily Carr

Category: Book
Edited By: Bridge, Kathryn
By (author): Carr, Emily
Subject:  ART / Canadian
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
Publisher: Royal BC Museum
Published: December 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

Culled from the handwritten pages in old-fashioned scribblers and almost-forgotten typescripts amid drafts for her published stories, Unvarnished features among the last unpublished and highly personal writings of the iconic Canadian author and artist Emily Carr.

This highly readable manuscript-edited by Royal BC Museum curator emerita Kathryn Bridge and illustrated with sketches and photographs from the BC Archives-spans nearly four decades, from 1899 to 1944. In an almost stream-of-consciousness outpouring of stories, Carr chronicles her early years as an art student in England, her life-altering sojourn in France and subsequent travels to Indigenous villages along the coast, her encounters with the Group of Seven, conversations with artist Lawren Harris, and her sketching trips in the "Elephant" caravan in the company of a quirky menagerie. Also included are stories written in hospital recovering from a stroke, a particularly vulnerable time in her life.

Emily Carr's books have remained in nearly continuous print since the 1940s. Unvarnished is a fresh addition to her enduring oeuvre, to be enjoyed as a complement to her other writings or as a jewel in its own right.

From The Publisher*In vibrant prose and revealing detail, Emily Carr records delightful and insightful moments and encounters from her own life history.
Biographical Note

Kathryn Bridge's life in the worlds of archives and museums has her wearing the hats of archivist, historian and curator, balancing the academic focus of publications with public presentations and exhibitions. She worked at the BC Archives and Royal BC Museum in different and increasingly more senior positions over her career, retiring in 2017. As a curator emerita, Kathryn continues to centre her projects within the historical collections. She has written several books about Emily Carr and other historical women artists in British Columbia, and on mountaineer Phyllis Munday. In 2012 she earned her PhD, writing about children and childhood in settler society in western Canada. In 2019 she was co-curator of Emily Carr Fresh Seeing and is currently writing about artist Sophie Pemberton.