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Memorable Manitobans: Louie [Louise] Belrose Alexander (1875-1945)


Born at Owen Sound, Ontario on 2 September 1875, she studied art at New York City and Chicago before arriving at Winnipeg with her husband, Franklin Howard Alexander (1873-1951) around 1900. She became engaged with the local arts community, studied at the Winnipeg School of Art (1913-1917), and served as Secretary of the Winnipeg Sketch Club (1914-1916), and later as Vice-President (1927) and President (1928). Although landscapes were an early interest, she came to specialize in portraiture, winning first prize in a Sketch Club exhibition in 1920 and exhibiting at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts exhibition in 1924, both with portraits. She solicited and received a number of commissions for portraits of Winnipeg Mayors, including ones of Ralph Humphreys Webb (1925), Daniel McLean (1928), and Edward Parnell (1928). She moved to British Columia in 1933, died at Yarrow on 29 June 1945, and was buried in the Little Mountain Burial Park at Chilliwack.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mayor Webb is done in oils by local artist,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 July 1925, page 7.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. Louie Alexander buried in Chilliwack,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1945, page 18.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2021

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