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Frances Loring

Frances Loring was a community leader who opened her home to Toronto’s arts community. Her art haven was recognized as the “most fascinating gathering place in the country” by A.Y. Jackson.

A portrait illustration of Frances Loring.

Sculpture Artist and Community Leader

Frances Loring, a leading sculptor of 20th-century Canada, exhibited a versatile artistic talent spanning architectural designs to war monuments. Originally hailing from the United States, Loring and her lifelong partner Florence Wyle made a lasting impact in Toronto after their arrival in 1913. Their home and studio became a hub for Toronto’s arts community for nearly five decades. During World War I, Loring was commissioned by the Canadian War Records to sculpt industrial workers on the home front. Her illustrious career included membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, a founding role in the Sculptors Society of Canada, and representation at the 1960 Venice Biennale.

Today, Torontonians are reminded of Loring’s remarkable legacy as her lion sculpture in the Queen Elizabeth Way Monument (1939) watches over the city.

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Further Resources
Learn more about Loring through the National Gallery of Canada
Reflect on Loring’s war memorial work and its contemporary context here
Explore Loring’s life as chronicled by The Canadian Encyclopedia

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