Sarah Margaret Armour Robertson

Sarah Margaret Armour Robertson, painter (b at Montréal 16 June 1891; d there 6 Dec 1948). She was a member of the group of women painters who studied with William BRYMNER, Maurice CULLEN and Randolph Hewton, and she joined the Beaver Hall Hill group and later the Canadian Group of Painters. She painted landscape (the Laurentians and lower St Lawrence) and went on summer sketching trips with Prudence HEWARD and A.Y. JACKSON. She had a blithe personal vision, different from GROUP OF SEVEN patterns. Her choice of subject was often the convent spires or old Martello Towers of Montréal. In the mid-1920s her style hardened into tightly controlled composition, perhaps influenced by Lawren HARRIS, but by the 1930s she had found confidence and spontaneity in works such as Coronation (1937) and Village Isle of Orleans (1939).