Laura Muntz Lyall

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Laura Muntz Lyall (June 18, 1860 – December 9, 1930) was a Canadian impressionist painter, known for her portrayal of mothers and children.[1]

Life and Work[edit]

Born Laura Adeline Muntz in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, her family emigrated to Canada when she was a child to farm in the Muskoka District of Ontario.

As a young woman, Muntz studied to teach school, but her interest in art led to her take lessons in painting technique from W.C. Forster of Hamilton, Ontario from 1873 to 1881. Starting in 1882, she began to take classes at the Ontario School of Art where she studied with Lucius Richard O'Brien, and later under George Agnew Reid.[2] Encouraged, she traveled to Paris, France to study at the renowned Académie Colarossi where she was influenced by the impressionist style. On her return to Canada, she set up a studio in Toronto and became an Associate of the Royal College of Art (ARCA). She would later move to Montreal to continue her art career at 6 Beaver Hall Square.[2]

Her work received recognition both in Canada and beyond. Some of her works were exhibited at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, and then in 1894 as part of the Société des artistes français in Paris. She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[3] in 1895. Her work was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others.[1]

She interrupted her career following the death of her sister in 1915, when she took responsibility for raising a number of her sister's 11 children. To better take care of the children she married her brother-in-law Charles W.B. Lyall and set a studio up in the attic of their home.[2] She continued to devote whatever time she could find to painting, but she lived only a few more years and died in 1930 in Toronto.

Lyall is interred in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.[4]


  1. ^ a b "LYALL, Laura Muntz". Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. Concordia University. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Prakash, A.K. (2008). Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books. p. 267. ISBN 1554074177. 
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Find A Grave, Laura Muntz Lyall

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