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In her own words
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Biographical note

1873 Born Teeswater, Ontario. Moved with family to Clearwater, Manitoba.
1889 Married Charles W. Hamilton. Moved to Port Arthur, Ontario.
1893 Death of husband.
1894 Established studio in Winnipeg. Taught china painting and watercolour painting.
Took classes in Toronto with George and Mary Reid, and possibly with Wylie Grier.
1901 Left for Europe. Studied under Franz Skarbina in Germany.
1902 Visited Holland, Italy and Spain. Studied at the Vitti Academy, Paris.
1905 Exhibited at the Salon of the French Academy in Paris.
Abazia di St. Gregoria, (oil)
Interior Same Courtyard, (oil)
A Dutch Interior, (watercolour)
Les Sacrifices reproduced on the front cover of the French art magazine, Lectures pour tous.
1906 Painted Maternity.Visited Canada. Exhibitions of work in Toronto and Winnipeg.
1907 Returned to Paris. Exhibited regularly at the Salon.
1909 Les Pauvres exhibited at the New Salon, Paris.
1911 Exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and with the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Mentioned in The Studio, an international art journal. Returned to Canada. Death of mother.
Exhibitions in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal.
1912 Exhibition at the Industrial Bureau, Winnipeg. Travelled through western Canada. Painted landscapes.Exhibition in Calgary.
1913(?) Opened studio in Victoria. Received commission to paint portraits of B.C. Lieutenant-Governors.
1915 Les Pauvres and Maternity exhibited at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco.
1918 Moved to Vancouver. Exhibition at Pender Street Showrooms. Received commission from Amputations Club of British Columbia to paint European battlefields.
1919 Left for Europe. Worked in France and Belgium: at Arras, Amiens, Vimy, Ypres and Mons. First reproductions of battlefield paintings in The Gold Stripe.
1920 Exhibition of battlefield paintings, Navy League Institute, Vancouver. Exhibition of battlefield paintings, Arts and Crafts Club, Victoria.
1922 Market Among the Ruins of Ypres exhibited at Salon, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Battlefield paintings exhibited at the Somme Memorial Exhibition, Amiens, and in the Foyer de l’Opéra, Paris. Awarded the purple ribbon of Palmes Académiques by the General Council of the Somme district.
1923 Les Amies de Versailles exhibited at Versailles. The Cloth Hall, Ypres, Market Day exhibited at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. Battlefield paintings exhibited at Surrey House, London, in aid of the Allied Somme Battlefield Memorial. Returned to France. Became ill. Took to designing and making “dress accessories”.
1925 Awarded Gold medal, International Decorative Arts Exhibition, Paris, for dress accessories.
1926 Returned to Winnipeg. Opened a studio.Exhibition at the Fort Garry Hotel, organized by the University Women’s Club. Arranged to have battlefield paintings sent to Public (now National) Archives in Ottawa.
1927 Exhibition at the home of the Hon. and Mrs. Rogers, Winnipeg.
1929 Moved to Vancouver. Opened studio.
1933 Exhibition at Vancouver studio with pupils.
1935 Exhibition at Vancouver studio with pupils.
1939 Exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery.
1944 Paintings stored at the City Museum, Vancouver.
1948 Exhibition at 4593 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver.
1949 Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
1952 Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
1954 Died at Vancouver. Buried at Port Arthur. Maternity left in will to City of Port Arthur.
1959 Memorial exhibition held at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
1970 Maternity, Studio Corner and Portrait of Edna Sutherland exhibited at Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba Centennial Exhibition, 150 Years of Art in Manitoba.
1978 Retrospective exhibition, Mary Riter Hamilton 1873-1954 held at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
1987 Easter Morning exhibited at Winnipeg Art Gallery in Vistas of Promise: Manitoba 1874-1919.
1988 Selection of battlefield paintings presented in film No Man’s Land, made by the War Amputations of Canada to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War I Armistice.
1989 Exhibition of 40 of the battlefield paintings at the University of Winnipeg Gallery.
1993 Exhibition of 40 of the battlefield paintings at the National Archives of Canada.