Mildred Valley Thornton  (Canadian, 1890-1967) 

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Mildred Valley Thornton Biography
  Dies July 27 Vancouver
  Lectures on the West Coast native people Royal Society of Arts, London
  States in her will that all paintings be destroyed in response to the Canadian govn't failure to purchase the collection
  The will is not properly witnessed and collection survives
  Helps establish a "Canadian School" of art Western Canada
  Made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) London, England
  Moves England
  Paints people from every Indian group in B.C.
  Becomes known as the "Indian Painter"
  Becomes art critic for the "Vancouver Sun"
  Begins to paint professionally
  Moves Vancouver, Canada
  Travels extensively to visit B.C. Indian Bands
  Moves Regina, Saskatchewan
  Marries John Henry Thorton, of Sheffield, England
  Begins to teach
  Returns Vancouver
  Born Mildred Valley Stinson Dresden, Ontario
  Studies under J.W. Beatty and George A. Reid Art Inst. of Chicago and Ontario College of Art
Selected Exhibitions
1959   Royal Commonwealth Institute London, England
  Hudson's Bay Company
  Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver, Canada
  Victoria Art Gallery
  B.C. Provincial Musuem B.C.
  Royal Canadian Academy
  Ontario Society for Artists Ontario
  Montreal Art Association Montreal, Canada
  Art Emporium Vancouver, Canada
  Westbridge Fine Art Vancouver, Canada