Ethel Seath was born in Montreal on February 5, 1879 and died on April 10, 1963. She studied at the Art Association of Montreal under William Brymner, Edmond Dyonnet and Maurice Cullen. Starting as an illustrator for various Montreal newspapers, she became an art instructor at The Study, a private school for girls in Westmount and taught there for 45 years. Ethel Seath painted landscapes, still lifes and daily scenes with numerous media: charcoal, gouache, oil, pastel, watercolours, graphite, pen and ink. She frequently participated in exhibitions of the Beaver Hall Group (of which she was a founding member) and of the Canadian Group of Painters (of which she was a member) as well as other artistic events abroad (Baltimore, New York, London, etc.) Her artworks can be found in various collections namely those of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
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