Jacobine Jones

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Phyllis Jacobine Jones (1897–1976) was a sculptor. She was born in England, but migrated to Canada in 1933.


Jones traveled around Denmark and Italy with her mother for years until, at 28, she studied casting, carving, and modeling at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London. She moved to Canada in 1933, and joined the Sculptors' Society of Canada in 1939. From 1951 to 1956 she was the head of the department of sculpture at the Ontario College of Art.

She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[1]

Before her death she gave several artistic tools to her close friend and protégé, Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook. Many of these tools have since been given to Holbrook's protégé Christian Cardell Corbet.

There is a biography published called: Put On Her Mettle: The Life and Art of Jacobine Jones by Natalie Luckyj (1945–2002). Jones' birthdate is sometimes listed as 1898, which is incorrect, and in some places her mother's last name, "Nielsen," is misspelt as "Neilsen."


Jones' work includes:

  • architectural sculpture for the Gore Vale Insurance building, Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge, Ontario), 1934
  • a sculpted family scene in prehistoric times, bearing the Latin legend “Sic Vita Vitalis” or “Thus Is Life Livable”, above the main entrance to the Rogers Campus in Toronto.
  • on the 1937 Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario, seven figures representing Canada's seven principal industries at the time: fishing, electricity, mining, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and construction
  • figures of Scholar and Hockey Player on Kerr Hall, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • six animal-themed bas-reliefs, including Walrus and Skunk, for the 1948 Bank of Montreal building at King & Bay Street in Toronto, removed to Guildwood's sculpture garden in 1972


  1. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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