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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Girl Reading
Maker: Ina Sheldon-Williams
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: pencil on paper
Measurements: overall: 16.5 cm x 12.9 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.49

Extended Label Info: Ina Maud Sheldon-Williams had a fine eye for detail and spent many years refining her practice. She, not unlike her husband Henry Inglis Sheldon-Williams, preferred to work in pencil, watercolor and oil paint, reflecting the style of realism that was popular during the turn of the twentieth century. In this study, we see a young girl who appears to be lost in thought as she reads. Within the simplicity of pencil on paper, the attention to detail and the emotions captured in this small piece are expertly executed. Although the child’s identity is unknown, we can assume that she would have been known to Ina, leaving the viewer to create their own stories and commentary on the piece. Ina Maud Sheldon-Williams was active from 1900-1950. She was the wife of well-known husband Henry Inglis Sheldon-Williams, who was a prolific painter and water colour artist in the early 1900s and a Canadian war artist in WW1. It is not known if she had any formal education in the arts but what her artwork indicates a refined practice and a fine eye for detail.