Violet Keene

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Violet Keene
Born1893 (1893)
Died10 May 1987(1987-05-10) (aged 93–94)
Spouse(s)Harold Edgar Perinchief

Violet Keene (1893–1987) was an English-born Canadian photographer.

Personal life[edit]

In 1893, Violet Keene was born in Bath, Somerset, England to the photographer Minna Keene. The family later moved to Canada, residing in Montreal and then Toronto. Keene married Harold Edgar Perinchief, but kept her maiden name.[1] She died in Oakville, Ontario on 10 May 1987.[2]


Keene first learned photography in her mother's Montreal studio. She exhibited her work in both Europe and North America. In Toronto, she established her own studio where she photographed Canadian artists and statesmen such as Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw,[1] and Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough.[3]


  1. ^ a b "KEENE, Violet (Perinchef)". Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. Concordia University. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Perinchief, Violet Keene (Died)". Oakville Beaver. 13 May 1987. p. S14. Archived from the original on 7 January 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  3. ^ Nault, Jennifer (28 January 2016). "The Changing Face of the Governor General". Canada's National History Society. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2021. The prestigious role of Governor General of Canada dates back nearly 400 years, to the Governor of New France, Samuel de Champlain.