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Biographical note: Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams's new expanded edition of A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada, subtitled: The Journals, Letters, and Art of Anne Langton is published by University of Toronto Press (2008)

Her biographical article on Anne Langton appears in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XII (1990). Ms. Williams has researched Anne Langton's life and work for some forty years, in public and private collections in Canada and England.

Ms Williams has also written a sequence of poems in the voice of Anne Langton; some of the poems from that work have been published in literary magazines and journals in Canada, the U.S. & Australia.

She frequently gives illustrated lectures on Anne Langton's life work.

(For Ms. Williams's other works on Anne Langton, see below.)


A - Primary titles by Langton family members:

  • Langton, Anne. The Story of Our Family, privately printed (Manchester: Thos Sowler & Co., 1881).

  • Langton, Thomas. The Letters of Thomas Langton to Mrs. Thomas Hornby, 1815-1818, privately printed (Manchester: J. E. Cornish 1900).

  • Langton, Ellen Josephine Philips, ed. Langton Records. Journals and Letters from Canada, 1837-1846, privately printed (Edinburgh: R&R CLark, Ltd., 1904)

  • William A. Langton, ed. Early Days in Upper Canada. The Letters of John Langton (Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1926).

  • Hugh Hornby langton, ed. A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada. The Journals of Anne Langton (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1950); paperback edition (unillustrated), 1964; reprint 1986).

B - Publications on Anne Langton by Barbara Williams (/Wilson), include:

  • Williams, Barbara. "Anne Langton," Dictionary of Canadian Biography, (1990), XII, 523-27.

  • Williams, Barbara. Anne Langton, Pioneer Woman and Artist (Peterborough: Peterborough Historical Society, 1986), occasional paper series, #7.

  • Wilson, Barbara. Anne Langton, Portraits: Peterborough Area Women Past and Present, ed. Gail Corbett (Peterborough: Portraits Group, 1976), 55-64.

  • Wilson, Barbara. M.A. thesis [unpublished], "'Strangers in a Strange Land': Literary Use of Landscape by Five Early Settlers" (University of Guelph, 1973).

C - Selected firsthand writings by female contemporaries, or near-contemporaries, of Anne Langton

Emigration to and Settler Experience in Upper/Lower Canada.
Also: selected written records by female visitors to those provinces in the same period.

  • Dufferin, Lady. Gladys Chantler Walker, ed.. My Canadian Journal, 1872-1878 (Don Mills, Ontario: Longmans Canada Limited, 1969).

  • Durham, Lady. Patricia Godsell, ed.. Letters and Diaries of Lady Durham (Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1975).

  • Ellice, Jane. Patricia Godsell, ed.. The Diary of Jane Ellice (Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1975).

  • Ewing, Juliana Horatia. Margaret Howard Blom and Thomas E. Blom, eds. Canada Home: Juliana Horatia Ewing's Fredericton Letters, 1867-1869 (Vancouver: The University of British Columbia, 1983).

  • McDonald, Donna, ed. Illustrated News. Juliana Horatia Ewing's Canadian Pictures, 1867-1869 (St John, New Brunswick: New Brunswick Museum; Toronto and London: Dundurn Press, 1985).

  • Jameson, Anna Brownell. Winter Studies and Summer Rambles (London, 1838). Clara Thomas, ed. (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1965)

  • Moodie, Susanna. Roughing it in the Bush, or Forest Life in Canada (1852). Reprint, with introduction by Carl Klinck (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1970)

  • Life in the Clearings (1853). Reprint, Robert L. McDougall (Toronto: Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1959; 1966).

  • O'Brien, Mary. Audrey Sanders Miller, ed.. The Journals of Mary O'Brien, 1828-1838 (Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1968).

  • Simcoe, Elizabeth. Mary Quayle Innis, ed.. Mrs. Simcoe's Diary (Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1965).

  • Stewart, Frances. E. S. Dunlop, ed.. Our Forest Home: Being the Correspondence of the late Frances Stewart (Toronto: Presbyterian Printing and Publishing Company, 1889).

  • Traill, Catharine Parr. The Backwoods of Canada (1836). Reprint, with introduction by Clara Thomas (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1971).

  • The Canadian Settler's Guide (1855). Reprint, with introduction by Clara Thomas (Toronto/Montreal: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1969).

  • [For discussion of Simcoe, Traill, Moodie, Jameson, Dufferin, see Marian Fowler, The Embroidered Tent: Five Gentlewomen in Early Canada (Toronto: Anansi, 1982).]

D - Chief primary publications on the aesthetic principles of the sublime, the beautiful and the picturesque in art, landscape painting and gardening, see:

  • Burke, Edmund. Adam Phillips, ed. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas into the Sublime and Beautiful (1757) (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).

  • Gilpin, Reverend William. Observations on the River Wye and Several Parts of South Wales, &c., relative chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, made in the summer of the year 1770 (London: R. Blamire, 1782).

  • Observations relative to Picturesque Beauty, made in the year 1770, on several parts of Great Britain, particularly the Highlands of Scotland, second edition (London: R. Blamire, 1792).

  • Three Essays ... On Picturesque Beauty; On Picturesque Travel; and on Sketching landscape. Third edition (London: Printed for Thomas Caldwell and W. Davies, 1808).

  • Payne Knight, Richard. The Landscape. A Didactic Poem in Three Books, Addressed to Uvedale Price (London: W. Bulmer & Co., 1794).

  • An Analytical Inquiry into the Principles of Taste (London: C. Mercier & Co., 1805).

  • Price, Sir Uvedale. An Essay on the Picturesque as Compared with the Sublime and the Beautiful; and on the use of Pictures, for the Purpose of Improving Real Landscape (London: Printed for J. Robson,1794).

  • Repton, Humphry. John Nolen, ed.. The Art of Landscaping, Including His Sketches and Hints on Landscaping Gardening and Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening ... (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907) (Sketches: 1795; Theory: 1803).