CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE
MANSIONS TO MOUNTAINS:
IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE
Mansions to Mountains will re-engage with the remarkable life of Catharine Robb Whyte from a fresh perspective. Instead of relying solely on scripted construal’s from curatorial, Catharine’s story is voiced through uninhibited diary entries to her fictious friend Buz (1921 – 1928), duty-bound, yet loving letters to her mother Edith Morse Robb (1929 – 1962), and from her ambitious annual Christmas messages (1963 – 1978). Along with her words, Catharine’s legacy is observed through her renderings and canvases, as well as archival photographs and personal artifacts.
Images: WMCR, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds (V683/III/A/1/PA/032, V683/III/A/1/PA/006, V683/IV/A/PA/342, M36/I/A/2B/I/90/7/001, and M36/II/F/3/2016)
Commemorative Portfolio: Catharine Robb Whyte and Peter Whyte
The portfolio celebrates and chronicles the life of Catharine Robb Whyte (1906 – 1979) and Peter Whyte (1905 – 1966).
Image: Catharine Robb Whyte, O. C. (1906 – 1979, Canadian). Cathedral Mountain, Lake O'Hara. 1930 – 1940. oil on canvas. 28.0 x 35.5 cm. Gift of Catharine Robb Whyte, O. C., Banff, 1979. WyC.01.309. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
The Girl in the Silk Dress
In preparation for the summer 2021 exhibition honouring the 115th birthday of Catharine Robb Whyte, we are conserving and restoring a few of her personal items.
Image: Frederick Andrew Bosley (1881 – 1942, American), Untitled (Portrait of Catharine Robb), 1925, oil on canvas, 114.3 x 99.5cm, Gift of Catharine Robb Whyte, 1979, BoF.02.01
She wrote her mother every other day – for over thirty years – in clear cursive writing, animated with little drawings and sketches.
Image: WMCR, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds (M36/I/A/2B/I/90/7/001, and M36/II/F/3/2016)