Ina D. D. Uhthoff

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Ina D. D. Uhthoff
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Ina Campbell

1889 (1889)
Died1971 (aged 81–82)
EducationGlasgow School of Art
Known forPainting
Edward Joseph Uhthoff (m. 1919)

Ina D .D. Uhthoff (née Campbell) (1889 – 1971) was a Scottish-Canadian painter. A contemporary of Emily Carr, Uhthoff was known for establishing her own art school; the Victoria School of Art, writing columns for the Daily Colonist newspaper, and exhibiting her own art.[1][2]


Uhthoff was born in 1889 in Kirn, Argyll, Scotland.[3] She grew up in Glasgow, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1912.[1] Following her graduation she exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy.[2]

In 1913 Uhthoff traveled to the Kootenays in British Columbia to visit friends. While there she met the homesteader, Edward Joseph (Ted) Uhthoff.[2]

With the outbreak of World War I Uhthoff returned to Glasgow, where she taught elementary school.[2]

In 1919 Ina and Ted were married,[4] returned to British Columbia, and started a family.[2]

In 1926 Uhthoff relocated to Victoria with her two children.[3] There she continued her teaching career, providing private lessons, teaching at public and private schools, and a correspondence course. She called her private studio the Victoria School of Art which operated from 1926 to 1942.[2] She was forced to close the school at the beginning of World War II.[1]

In the late 1920s she worked with Emily Carr to bring Mark Tobey from Seattle, Washington to teach a class.[1]

In 1934, Ina's work appeared in the Vancouver Art Gallery's 3rd. Annual B.C Artists exhibit (Alpine Meadows, Windswept Tree) alongside Group Of Seven artist Fred Varley.[5]

In 1945 Uhthoff began running a small gallery called the Little Centre, a precursor to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.[1] She served on the board of directors into the 1960s.[1]

Concurrent with her teaching career, Uhthoff exhibited her own work the British Columbia Society of Artists, and at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.[3]

Uhthoff died in 1971 in Carleton Place, Ontario[1]


In 1972 the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria held a memorial exhibition of her work.[6]

Her work is currently held in the Burnaby Art Gallery[7] and Victoria Art Gallery[8]

In 2017 her work was included in the exhibition, The Ornament of a House: Fifty Years of Collecting at the Burnaby Art Gallery.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Uhthoff, Ina D.D." Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tippett, Maria (2013). "The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff by Christina Johnson-Dean (book review)". BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly (178). Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Ina Uhthoff 1889 - 1971". Victoria Sketch Club. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ina Duncan Dewar Uhthoff (born Campbell), 1889 - 1971". MyHeritage Family Trees. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ Johnson-Dean, Christina (2012). The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff. Salt Spring Island, B.C: Mother Tongue Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-896949-13-0.
  6. ^ Williamson, Loren R. Lerner & Mary F. (1991). Art and architecture in Canada : a bibliography and guide to the literature to 1981 = Art et architecture au Canada. Toronto [u.a.]: Univ. of Toronto Press. p. 760. ISBN 0802058566. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Burnaby Art Gallery".
  8. ^ "Victoria Art Gallery".
  9. ^ Cane, Jennifer, van Eijnsbergen, Ellen (2017). The Ornament of a House: Fifty Years of Collecting. Burnaby: Burnaby Art Gallery. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9781927364239.

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