Fonds LA.SC014 - Thomas Roche Lee collection

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Thomas Roche Lee collection


  • 1870-1957 (Creation)

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15 cm of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Thomas Roche ("Tommy") Lee was an ephemera collector and amateur art historian who lived at least part of his life in Baie d'Urfé, Quebec. He was the author of Albert H. Robinson, the painter's painter (Montreal, Canada : T.R. Lee, 1956), and produced an edition of Daniel Fowler's autobiography. He also made studies of Quebec church architecture. Lee corresponded for many years with Sybille Pantazzi, Librarian of the Art Gallery of Ontario, with whom he exchanged rare Canadian exhibition catalogues, ephemera, and manuscript material. He died in Toronto in 1977.

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The collection was acquired by purchase in several installments, ca. 1958-1961, from Thomas Roche Lee.

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The collection consists of Lee’s files on a number of Canadian visual artists, art associations and related individuals. File contents vary but typically contain material such as correspondence, essays, photographs, sketches, watercolour paintings, press clippings and printed ephemera. File titles are as follows: Arts and Letters Club; Brooker, Bertram R. (1888-1955); Challener, F.S. (1869-1959); Colgate, William (1882-1971); Delfosse, Georges (1869-1954); Dyonnet, Edmond (1859-1954); Forbes, Kenneth (1894-1980); Fowler, Daniel (1810-1894); Fraser, John A. (1838-1898); Girard, Rodolph; Grier, E. Wyly (1862-1957); Howard, A.H. (1854-1916); Huntley, Walter E. (1887-1931); Jackson, A. Y. (1882-1974); Jacobi, Otto R. (1812-1901); Jefferys, Charles W. (1869-1951); Johnston, R.E. (1885-1933); Kane, Paul (1810-1871); Kelly, John D. (1862-1958); Laberge, Albert; Lismer, Arthur (1885-1969); MacDonald, Grant (1909-1987); Millard, Charles S. (1837-1917); Ontario Society of Artists; Ottawa; National Gallery of Canada; Peel, Paul (1860-1892); Reid, George Agnew (1860-1947); Rolph, G.G. (Rolph, Clark and Stone Ltd.); Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; Rozaire, Arthur D. (1879-1922); Russell, Gilborne; Signatures of Artists; Spooner, James; Thomson, Tom (1877-1917); Toronto. National Portrait Gallery; Wickenden, Robert (1861-1931). Arranged alphabetically according to subject by T.R. Lee.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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The Frederick S. Challener collection, also in this repository, was acquired from Thomas Roche Lee.

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Previously known as the T.R. Lee collection.

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