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Art Canadian


A Sketchbook

by (author) Emily Carr

introduction by Ian Thom

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Canadian, Artists, Architects, Photographers, Essays
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
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Unique among the artist's published works for its combination of words and drawings, this charming addition to the Emily Carr Library presents a poignant yet wry account of her convalescence in the English countryside.


While studying at the Westminster School of Art in London, England, Emily Carr so undermined her health by overwork that she was sent for complete rest to a sanatorium in the country for eighteen long months. She recorded the story of her convalescence in a sketchbook. Her active mind and restless nature rebelled at the hospital restrictions enforcing rest. Undaunted, she managed to make friends, raise birds and get into mischief.


Pause is the final volume in the completely redesigned set of seven books by the legendary Canadian artist and writer, renowned not only for her powerful paintings but also for her extraordinarily vivid prose.

About the authors

Beloved Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr (December 13, 1871—March 2, 1945) was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied art in the U.S., England and France until 1911, when she moved back to British Columbia. Carr was most heavily influenced by the landscapes and First Nations cultures of British Columbia and Alaska. In the 1920s she came into contact with members of the Group of Seven and was later invited to submit her works for inclusion in a Group of Seven exhibition. They named her The Mother of Modern Arts about five years later.

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Ian M. Thom is a Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Involved in Canadian art museums for more than thirty years, he has also held senior curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions and written numerous articles and authored or co-authored many books, including Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Andy Warhol: Images, Art BC, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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