Josephine Wilcox

1913-2010Artist Donor Painting

Othe Names: Josephine Alexandra Lucretia Haldane Wilcox; Mrs. Lewis DeWitt Wilcox

Josephine Wilcox was a co-founder of the London Art Gallery’s
Women’s Committee

Josephine Wilcox (née Haldane) was born in 1913. She studied at the Normal School in London, Ontario, and was commended on her artistic skills in her graduating class’s yearbook (1932-1933). In 1937, she married Dr. Lewis Dewitt Wilcox, and the couple settled in London.

In 1956, Josephine Wilcox and Eleanor Somerville organized and launched the London Art Gallery’s Women’s Committee, beginning with a group of 20 members which included Flora Douglas (“Dougie”) Betts, Shirley Brickenden, Lenore Crawford, Mackie Cryderman, Nancy Geddes Poole, and Elizabeth “Woody” Moore. In the 1960s Wilcox sat on the Art Gallery Advisory Committee and its sub-group, the Acquisitions Committee.

Josephine Wilcox passed away in 2010.

Biography by Sidney Hicks and Samantha Merritt



“Josephine Haldane Weds Dr. Lewis Dewitt in Strathroy Monday Afternoon.” The Winnipeg Tribune, December 30, 1937.

Normal School London Yearbook 1933: The Year Book of Class of 1932-1933. London, Ontario: Students of the Normal School, London, Ontario, 1933.

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

“Josephine Wilcox, 1913-2010.” Logan Funeral Home (



“Engagements” The Globe and Mail, December 9, 1937.

“Engagement of Interest Announced this Week in Strathroy, Ontario.
The Winnipeg Tribune, December 17, 1937.

“Josephine Haldane is Bride of Dr. Lewis DeWitt.” The Globe and Mail, December 28, 1937.

See also:
Flora Douglas (“Dougie”) Betts; Shirley Brickenden; Lenore Crawford; Nancy Geddes Poole

Timeline Entries:
London, Ontario: The London Art Gallery Establishes a Women’s Committee


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