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BICE, CLARE, 1909-1976

Clare Bice fonds. - 1931-1976. - 9 m of graphic material and textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Artist, illustrator and curator, Clare Bice was born in Durham, Ontario, in 1909 and raised in nearby London. Bice studied at the University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1928) and then at the Art Students' League and Grand Central School of Art in New York (1930-32). His success as a writer and illustrator of children's books began with the publication of Jory's Cove in 1941 and followed with four more children's books. He worked as curator of the Williams Memorial Art Gallery and Museum from 1940 to 1972 (now the London Regional Art and Historical Museums) and was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. Bice became well known as a landscape painter and as a portrait and figure artist. He exhibited his work widely, wrote articles on art, and taught at the Doan School of Art and at various Canadian universities during summer sessions.

Scope and Content

The Clare Bice fonds contains the manuscripts, research notes, sketches, drawings and watercolours for Jory's Cove, Across Canada, The Great Island, A Dog for Davie's Hill and Hurricane Treasure. The fonds also includes business correspondence and clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Mrs. Clare Bice in 1981. [1981-05]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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