Clara Sophia Hagarty
1871 - 1958
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Clara Sophia Hagarty was born in Toronto in 1871. She studied with Sydney Strickland Tully and E. Wyly Grier in Toronto, at the William Chase School in Long Island, New Jersey, under Merson, Castelucho and Caro-Delvaille in Paris and also in Holland.
Hagarty returned to Canada in the late 1890s and established a studio in Toronto. She returned to Europe on numerous occasions, and produced typically portraits and interiors, many of which she sent back to Canada for the annual exhibitions of the Ontario Society of Artists (Member–1899) and the Royal Canadian Academy (Member–1904).
During World War I, she traveled to London, England, where she worked for the Red Cross. She endured many privations, including frequent air raids and semi-starvation, an experience which, it has been argued, greatly strengthened her character and her work.
After the war, she became a record keeper for the Art Gallery of Toronto where she worked until 1928. She also began producing her first flower studies and pastels, which were warmly received by many local critics. In Toronto, she exhibited frequently at Eaton’s. She also exhibited at the Mellors Galleries in 1937 and some of her portraits were shown at the Pan American Exposition in 1901 and at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904.