Eveline Marie Alexander

Other Name: Lady Eveline Marie Alexander

Alexander was an amateur painter in oil and watercolour, known for her sleighing scenes.

With no formal training, Lady Eveline Marie Alexander may have learned to draw and paint from her father Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cornwallis Michell (1793-1851) of the Royal Artillery, who was drawing master at the Royal Military College. In 1837, she married Sir James Edward Alexander with whom she had five children. Joining him on his Canadian tour of duty from 1841-49, Alexander resided for an extended period in London, Ontario. During her time in London, she produced the famous sketch of the first military steeplechase in North America from May, 1843.  The work was later lithographed in England and became a popular collector’s item. Copies of Alexander’s prints can be found in the John Ross Robertson Collection, Toronto Public Library, and the Warnock-Hersey Co., Montreal. In 1958, another work by Lady Alexander surfaced when editor of the London Free Press, William Heine, reviewed a book called Soldier’s Glory by Major General Sir George Bell. The winter sleighing scene done in watercolour is speculated to have been given to the Bells as a memento of the “Sleigh Society” while both the Bells and Alexanders were stationed in London.

Biography by Kelsey Perreault

 

Sources:

Geddes Poole, Nancy. The Art of London 1830-1980, Nancy Poole. London, Ontario: Blackpool Press, 1984.

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