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NEWTON, Lilias Torrance (1887-1976)
Recent auction results 25-11-04 Portrait Of Frances Holgate 40 x 34 $117,718 USD 18-11-03 Solange 20 x 16 $24,000 USD 18-11-03 Portrait Of A Girl 16 x 12 $3,250 USD
Lilias Torrance Newton was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1896. She attended classes given by William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal, and later studied with Alfred Wolmark in London and Alexandre Jacovleff in Paris. During the First World War, she worked for the Red Cross in England. Married in 1921, she had one child and was divorced in 1933.
Newton was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1923 and Academician in 1939 and 1973. She was also a founding member of the Beaver Hall Group and the Canadian Group of Painters. She taught at her alma mater, the Art Association of Montreal, and received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Toronto.
Newton is best known for her portraits, over 300 in her career, including her 1957 portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Newton was the first Canadian commissioned to make a portrait of either subject.
Lilias Torrance Newton died in Cowansville, Quebec in 1980. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian War Museum, and other public institutions in Canada.