E.A. (Emily Agnes) Hand [ 1870 - 1955 ]

An ad appeared in the Fenelon Falls Gazette [5 July 1895; 5] announcing E.A. Hand’s studio in the McArthur Block, upstairs opposite the Post Office, where decorative painting, “decoration of articles in silk, velvet, linen, satin, bolting, cloth, etc.” and “painting on silk in water-colours, pastels and charcoal drawings” were being offered. Art lessons were also available. Emily Hand was the daughter of the editor of the Gazette, and she and her sister Alice Eleanor (1879-1984) were well known in the village. Her studio did not appear in the financial directories, and there was no further notice of the business after 1895. She, no doubt, also worked from home. Hand continued to illustrate books1 and contributed illustrations and poems to magazines such as Chatelaine (after 1927) and the Canadian Magazine. She died in 1955 and was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery.

See Fenelon Falls: Prettiest Summer Resort on Kawartha Lakes (FFG, circa 1910?) See also “Resurrection” by Emily Hand. Canadian Magazine 30:6 (April 1908): 545

An Emily Hand painting was on the cover of The Canadian Magazine in the November 1927 issue. Subscribers were offered the chance to win the original painting if they renewed and wrote to say why they liked the picture (see p. 28 of the issue).

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