Florence Wyle

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Florence Norma Wyle
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Born 1881
Trenton, Illinois, US
Died 1968
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Nationality American-Canadian
Education Frances Loring
Known for Sculptor and designer
Movement NeoClassical
Patron(s) Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook

Florence Wyle (November 14, 1881 – 1968) was an American-Canadian sculptor and designer. She practiced chiefly in Toronto, living and working with her partner Frances Loring. She co-founded the Sculptors' Society of Canada with Alfred Laliberté, Florence Wyle, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Wood's teacher and husband Emanuel Hahn and Henri Hébert. [1]


Education and training[edit]

Wyle was born in Trenton, Illinois and in 1900 enrolled at the University of Illinois as a pre-med student.[2] Three years later (1903) she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she began studying clay modeling with Lorado Taft.[3] She studied modelling and sculptural design in the USA under Frances Loring.

From 1913,when she moved to Toronto to join Loring who had moved there the year before to 1968 she worked as a sculptor in clay, plasticine, stone and wood. Most of her carvings were executed by herself.

Wyle was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists (1920–1933, then from 1948), Sculptors Society of Canada (1933) Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (associate 1920, full member 1938) and the Canadian Guild of Potters.[4]


The Shadow of the Year, poems by Florence Wyle. wood engravings by Rosemary Kilbourne. Toronto, The Aliquando Press, 1976

Career and official commissions[edit]

Wyle preferred architectural projects that were large in scale compared to her partner Frances Loring. She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[5] Her work was often exhibited by the Women's Art Association of Canada.[6]

  • 1926 - St. Stephen War Memorial
  • 1957 - Mother and Children, Canadian National Exhibition

Portraits by other artists[edit]

Wyle was the subject of at least one portrait by Loring.

Posthumous honour[edit]

In 2000 the Canadian Portrait Academy made Wyle an Honorary Academician naming her one of the Top 100 Artists of the 20th Century.


  1. ^ "Frances Loring, Florence Wyle - Themes - Celebrating Women's Achievements - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  2. ^ Petteys, Chris, “Dictionary of Women Artists: An international dictionary of women artists born before 1900”, G.K. Hall & Co., Boston, 1985
  3. ^ Boyanoski, Christine, Loring and Wyle: Sculptors Legacy, Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des Beaux-Arts de l’Ontario, Toronto, 1987 pp1-3
  4. ^ "WYLE, Florence". Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. Concordia University. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Holmlund, Mona; Youngberg, Gail (2003). Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory. Coteau Books. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-55050-204-6. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 

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