Caroline Armington

Canadian [1875-1939]

Caroline Armington (née Wilkinson) was born in Brampton, Ontario, and first studied under John Wycliffe Lowes Forster (a paternal relative). It is during these early years as an art student where she first met her future husband, fellow artist Frank Armington. As a pragmatist, and in response to family pressure, Caroline pursued training as a nurse at Guelph General Hospital, subsequently practicing in New York City and Toronto. In this way, she earned enough money for her passage to France in 1900, where she married Frank Armington in a civil ceremony. After residing for several years in Manitoba (Caroline taught and offered private nursing), the couple returned to Paris in 1905.

At this time, Caroline attended the Académie Julian (studying under Jean Paul Laurens, Henri Royer and Benjamin Constant) and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. She began producing etchings in 1909 and in 1910, the National Gallery of Canada purchased the first of many of her etchings. Shortly thereafter, the Armingtons received a commission from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to create a series of etchings (landscapes). Five of these were later donated to the British Museum. During World War One, both Armingtons served with the American Ambulance Service in Paris (Caroline as a nurse and Frank as an orderly).

Caroline was later commissioned to create etchings for the Canadian War Memorials collection. In 1929 the Armingtons had their first joint show at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), while Caroline had an additional solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery. During the 1920s and 1930s, Caroline Armington gained much recognition for her meticulously detailed etchings of European scenes. The etching had become her primary medium; she received numerous commissions and her work was included in many juried exhibitions during these years.

In 1939, both Armingtons were in poor health, and Caroline suffered a heart attack during an air-raid alarm. They decided to leave Europe, arriving in New York, where Caroline died three days later.

Literature: “Caroline and Frank Armington: Canadian Painter-Etchers in Paris”; Janet Braide and Nancy Parke-Taylor; Art Gallery of Peel; 1990.

Caroline Armington Portraite

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art Auctions - Caroline Armington

Caroline Helena Armington

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE; 1925
oil on panel
8.5 x 10.5 in.

Sold for $ 4,972.50 – November 2015

Caroline Helena Armington

BARQUES DE PECHE A HONFLEUR; 1922
oil on panel
8.5 x 10.5 in.

Sold for $ 2,760 – June 2008

Caroline Helena Armington

LE QUAI AUX FLEURS ET NOTRE DAME DE PARIS; 1920
etching on paper; ed. #21/100
13.5 x 10.75 in.

Sold for $ 977.50 – November 2006

Caroline Helena Armington

LE VIEUX PONT, SOSPEL; 1934
pencil on paper
11.5 x 8.75 in.

Sold for $ 977.50 – June 2008

Caroline Helena Armington

THE OLD COURT HOUSE, WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA; 1930
etching on paper; ed. #12/100
9.25 x 11.75 in.

Sold for $ 862.50 – November 2009

Caroline Helena Armington

L’ENTRÉE DE L’EGLISE A LOUVIERS; 1924
etching on paper; ed. #45/100
13.5 x 10.5 in.

Sold for $ 862.50 – June 2008

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More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions - Caroline Armington

3,565.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: UNE ROUTE A HONFLEUR (NORMANDY)

Date: 1922

Medium: oil on panel

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.

3,000.00
Estimate:
3,500.00
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LOT: 116

Auction: 2005 November

517.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS ET PONT SAINT MICHEL

Date: 1935

Medium: etching on paper; ed. unknown

Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.

450.00
Estimate:
550.00
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LOT: 141

Auction: 2005 November

287.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: LE PONT GEORGES V ET LA CATHEDRALE D'ORLEANS

Date: 1927

Medium: etching on paper; ed. #23/100

Dimensions: 7 x 9 in.

Notes:

signed & editioned; signed, titled & dated in plate

400.00
Estimate:
500.00
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LOT: 206

Auction: 2006 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

747.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: LE PONT ALEXANDRE III, PARIS

Date: 1927

Medium: etching on paper; ed. #11/150

Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Notes:

signed & editioned; titled & dated in plate

400.00
Estimate:
500.00
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LOT: 208

Auction: 2006 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

258.75
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: L'EGLISE ST. SEVERIN, PARIS

Date: 1926

Medium: etching on paper (2); ed. #7/100

Dimensions: 11 x 6 1/2 in.

Notes:

signed & editioned; signed, titled & dated in plate

400.00
Estimate:
500.00
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LOT: 434

Auction: 2006 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

977.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Caroline Helena Armington

Title: LE QUAI AUX FLEURS ET NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

Date: 1920

Medium: etching on paper; ed. # 21/100

Dimensions: 13.5 x 10.75 in.

Notes:

signed & editioned; titled, initialed & dated in plate

500.00
Estimate:
600.00
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LOT: 125

Auction: 2006 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

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