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MILDRED VALLEY THORNTON (Canadian 1890-1967)



oil on lined canvas

signed lower left "Mildred Valley Thornton"

titled on label on reverse

Size in inches: 30.5 h x 39 w (with frame 32" x 40 1/2")


The deepest fjord on the coast of British Columbia, Jervis Inlet

stretches almost 90 km from the Straight of Georgia near Texada

Island to the Skwakwa River. The three arms, Prince of Wales

Reach, Princess Reach, and Queens Reach are the site of two of

Canada’s highest waterfalls, James Bruce Falls (840 m) and Alfred

Creek Falls (700 m). The best known inlet in the area is Princess

Louisa Inlet which is accessed through Malibu Rapids. Princess

Louisa Marine Provincial Park is the home of Chatterbox Falls and is

one of BC’s hidden gems. This view most likely depicts Goliath Bay

on the left with Mount Churchill in the distance.


Born in Dresden, Ontario in 1890, Mildred Valley Thornton received

her early training at Olivet College (Michigan), the Ontario College of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She spent many years working among the First Nations people of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, attempting to recapture on canvas their vanishing culture.  Her book Indian Lives and Legends, published in 1966, is an account of her experiences while painting the First Nations people of British Columbia. Settling in Vancouver in the early 1930s, she became the art critic for the Vancouver Sun, a position she held for 16 years. 


Thornton was a charter member of the Saskatchewan Woman’s Art

Association; President of the Canadian Women’s Press Club; a

member of the Native Sisterhood of B.C.; and a Fellow of the Royal

Society of Arts, England for her contribution to the heritage and




Mildred Valley Thornton (Canadian, 1890-1967) 'Jervis Inlet'

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