Collection LA.SC150 - Illy Gepe-Florence Wyle Collection

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Illy Gepe-Florence Wyle Collection


  • [188-]–1987 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

83 photographs
6 postcards
1 sketchbook
1 folder of textual records
1 album

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Biographical history

(Marie) Illy Gepe (1903-) was a ceramic artist born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the area that later became Czechoslovakia. She and her husband, Herbert Gepe, immigrated to Canada in 1935. Illy Gepe was an honourary member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada in Toronto, offering pottery classes there in 1952, and a friend of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring’s.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of an album of photographs of Florence Wyle’s sculptures; photos of Wyle, Illy Gepe, Frances Loring, and others; unattached photos and postcards of sculptures; a sketchbook; newspaper articles about Loring & Wyle; and other material.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Fonds includes 78 photographic prints and 4 negatives (photographic).

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Associated material: In 2017 an autographed copy of Florence Wyle’s Poems (Toronto : Ryerson Press, 1959) was withdrawn from the fonds and transferred to the AGO Library collection, as was a copy of Frances Loring, Florence Wyle [1969?] produced by Pollock Gallery, Toronto.

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Source of title proper:Title of the fonds is based on provenance.

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  • English



Archivist's note

Prepared by Gary Fitzgibbon, 2017. Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani,2019

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