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Bobs Cogill Haworth

Born in Queenstown, South Africa, 1904
 / Died in 1988, Toronto

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Biography

HAWORTH, B. Cogill

Born in Queenstown, South Africa, she studied at the Royal College of Art, London, England, under Professor Rothenstein, Professor Tristram, and Dora M. Billington and received her degree of A.R.C.A. from the University of London. She came to Canada in 1923 and settled in Toronto. The public became aware of her participation in exhibitions of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (she was past President); Canadian Group of Painters (member); Royal Canadian Academy (A.R.C.A. 1948); Ontario Society of Artists (member), and she became Honorary President of the Canadian Guild of Potters. She illustrated with her husband the book Kingdom of The Saguenay (1936) by Marius Barbeau and also illustrated Habitant Merchant. During the Second World War she went with her husband to the coast of British Columbia to make a record of the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces, which assignment they completed with great success. An exhibition of their work was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery when the Vancouver Province noted her paintings as follows, B. Coghill Haworth’s numerous studies are all very spirited. Her penchant for variety of character – full detail embodied in good com­position, is revealed with special force in a watercolor of airplanes entitled ‘Canso.’ Also during this period she contributed her designs for the silk screen prints under the direction of the National Gallery of Canada for distribution to Canadian service­men’s quarters at home and abroad also in schools. Her painting Port au Persil was chosen for reproduction. Its marine subject matter is typical of the type of scenes Mrs. Haworth has loved to paint. Further evidence of this can be seen in her Percé Rock and Driftwood (reproduced in Paul Duval’s Canadian Water Colour Painting published in 1954) which depicts bobbing boats in a choppy sea and Percé Rock off to one side and in the foreground the rolling surf pounding on the drift­wood strewn beach. Her canvas Beach Impressions was reproduced in the April Issue of the Toronto Saturday Night, (1949) with the caption . . . The artist is noted for her richly coloured comments on people. B. Cogill Haworth has also done murals and has illuminated manuscripts. Her recent paintings have been more design conscious or abstract. She has given lectures on ceramics to public institutions and has been teaching this subject at the Toronto Central Technical School and has also been lecturing at the University of Toronto. Her work is in the collections of the following: National Gallery of Canada, The National Gallery of South Africa, The Art Gallery of Ontario and other public and private collections, including the J.S. McLean Collection in Toronto.

Colin S. MacDonald

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker
National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada

Studied at

Royal Collage of Art, London England
Received A.R.C.A. degree from the University of London.
Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Canada
Nathional Gallery of South Africa
Art Gallery of ONtario
J.S. McLean Collection

Professional Activities

War artist in WWII, stationed on the coast of British Columbia
Taught ceramics at the Toronto Central Technical School
Lecturer, University of Toronto

Publications:
Illustrated the book Kingdom of the Saguenay 1936, with Peter Haworth
Illustrated the book Habitant Merchant

Member of

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (past president)
Canadian Group of Painters
Royal Canadian Academy, 1948
Ontario Society of Artists
Honorary President of Canadian Guild of Potters.