Edith Grace Coombs (Canadian 1890 - 1986) CSGA FCA OSA, Dawn (or the Late Snow Storm)

May 19, 1963
oil on board
20 x 24 inches
Notes: Signed J.S. Lawson and on verso, dated May 19, 1963 and inscribed "From dining room window Camp Chalmette, Neighick Lake, Magnetawan, Ontario R.R. 1" verso. By: James Sharp Lawson. Also inscribed top right: Rev-W
Coombs was born in Hamilton and then moved with her family to St. Catharines. She studied painting in Gananoque and then studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1913 to 1918. Coombs became an assistant instructor at the College. She continued her studies at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. She taught art at Edgehill College in Windsor, Nova Scotia, at Havergal College in Toronto from 1919 to 1921 and at the Ontario College of Art from 1921 to 1956.

She designed stained glass windows for a church in Guelph. She illustrated several books including The Rambles of a Canadian Naturalist by T.S. Woods and The Brave Little People by Dorothy Campbell.

Coombs was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, of the Federation of Canadian Artists, of the Three Arts Club of New York, of the Heliconian Club and of the Lyceum Women's Art Association. She took part in exhibitions with the Ontario Society of Artists, with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, at the National Gallery of Canada, at the Canadian National Exhibition and with the Montreal Art Association, among others. She produced works in oil, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, pencil and ink.

In 1942, at the age of 51, Edith Grace Coombs married James Sharp Lawson. As of that date, she signed her paintings using the name J.S. Lawson.

Coombs died in St. Catharines in 1986.

Her art is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Macdonald-Stewart Art Centre and the University of Guelph.



Lot Name
Edith Grace Coombs (1890 - 1986) CSGA FCA OSA, Dawn (or the Late Snow Storm)
oil on board
20 x 24 inches
May 19, 1963

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