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)

Image: Cooking with Catharine: Episode 3

Cooking with Catharine

Join staff from the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies as we continue our cooking and baking series, Cooking with Catharine.

Image: Cooking with Catharine: Episode 3

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.

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.

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

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

Image: Interior of Peter and Catharine Whyte home

The Whyte Home
Banff, Alberta

Inside the home of Peter and Catharine Whyte.

Image: Interior of Peter and Catharine Whyte home

Image: WMCR, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds (M36/I/A/2B/I/90/7/001, and M36/II/F/3/2016)

Dearest Mother

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)