Fonds LA.SC012 - Henry Sandham collection

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Henry Sandham collection


  • 1881-[ca. 1890] (Creation)

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19 cm of textual records and graphic material (4 volumes)

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Biographical history

Henry Sandham (1842-1910) was an illustrator and painter who lived successively in Montreal, Boston, and London, England. He was associated with the Montreal studio of William Notman, where he received his early training, later headed the art department, and was briefly a partner. Sandham produced illustrations for several leading magazines of his day, including the Century Magazine.

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The volumes were purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario Library in 1974.

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Collection consists of a four-volume set of proof engravings by Henry Sandham for his illustrations in Century Magazine and other publications. The engravings were assembled by the artist, who inscribed in ink on the title page of volume 1: “The only complete set of proofs of the engravings from Hy Sandham’s drawings for Century Magazine from 1881 to 1886. These proofs were printed from the blocks before they were electro-typed and cannot now be reproduced except by being engraved again. The cost of each print in this book was fifty cents. Hy. S.”

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No further accruals are expected.

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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

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Material in this collection is in the public domain. Permission of the Art Gallery of Ontario is required for publication.

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Plates in volume 1 are annotated by Sandham in ink; plates in other volumes contain sporadic annotations.


Formerly known as the Henry Sandham proof engravings.

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  • Shelf: Volumes 1 through 4