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Accession Number: 11-004

Title

Susanna Moodie fonds. Additions. -- [187-?]. -- 4 watercolours.

Biography / History

Susanna Moodie (nee Strickland), born December 6, 1803 at Bungay, England, was the youngest daughter of Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Homer. The Strickland's were a literary family of whom Catharine Parr Traill and Samuel Strickland are best known in Canada, as well as their sister Susanna Moodie. Susanna began to seriously pursue her literary career in 1818, after the death of her father. In 1831, Susanna moved to London, England were she became associated with the Anti-Slavery Society. For the society she wrote two antislavery tracts, "The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave" (1831) and "Negro Slavery Described by a Negro" (1831). While working in London, she met her future husband John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie. They were wed April 4, 1831. In July 1832, Susanna, John, and their eldest child emigrated to the Cobourg region of Upper Canada. After two unsuccessful attempts at farming in this area, the Moodie family moved to Belleville in 1840. In Belleville, Susanna wrote and published a number of works, primarily romantic fiction. From 1847 to 1848, both Susanna and her husband edited and wrote for "Victoria Magazine." In 1852, she published "Roughing it in the Bush" which is her best known literary work. The books to follow included "Life in the Clearings," published in 1853, and "Flora Lyndsay", published in 1854. Susanna Moodie lived in Belleville until the death of her husband in 1869. She then moved to the Toronto area where she continued to live until her death, April 8, 1885.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of four original watercolours by Susanna Moodie. The works are untitled. All depict flowers: columbine and violets on mossy ground; a single red rose; white roses on a single stem; and a white wild rose entwined on a wood cross on mossy ground. Three of the paintings are signed by Moodie.

Notes

Custodial History:
Fonds was in the custody of Katherine Jane (Currier) Hull before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2010 via Brian Hull.

Immediate Source:
Fonds was acquired in 2010 from Katherine Jane (Currier) Hull.

Restrictions: N

Accruals:
This fonds along with 89-1062 is an addition to 69-1001.

Fonds is located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 42. For purposes of preservation, the frames and matting material have been removed and stored alongside the paintings. Photographic reproductions of the paintings have been framed for the purposes of display; the display copies are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 53.

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