Frances Loring National Historic Person (1887-1968)

Frances Loring was designated a national historic person in July 2011.

Historical importance: One of Canada's leading and most talented sculptors during the peak of her career from 1920 to about 1948.

Commemorative plaque: 276 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario

Trained in the Beaux-Arts tradition and influenced by modern trends, Frances Loring and Florence Wyle were important in the development of sculpture in Canada, producing many fine works that ranged from portraits to First World War memorials. Loring preferred to work on a monumental scale, while Wyle typically created smaller pieces that display sensitivity and a fine touch. For nearly 50 years, they shared a home and studio known as “The Church,” which served as a gathering place for the arts community in Toronto. Leaders in their field, Loring and Wyle were founding members of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1928.

Women sculptor
Frances Loring, 1959
© Library and Archives Canada / National Film Board fonds / e011176979
women sculptor
Frances Loring working on a sculpture, 1959
© Library and Archives Canada / National Film Board fonds / e011176977
women sculptor in a studio
Frances Loring in her studio, 1959
© Library and Archives Canada / National Film Board fonds / e011176981

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