Series LA.SC016.S3 - George Agnew Reid papers

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George Agnew Reid papers


  • [189-?]–1957 (Creation)

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18 photographs : b&w and col. prints
1 folder of textual records

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Gordon Conn (ca.1888-1977) was an art collector and supporter of visual art in Toronto. He studied to be a musician and worked as a painter in his youth. Although he did not pursue a career as an artist, he maintained connections with many artists. He was a friend of the painter Kenneth Forbes (1892-1980) who painted Conn’s portrait in 1935. Together with Forbes, Gordon Conn founded the Ontario Institute of Painters devoted to the display of painting based on what Forbes called “traditional” art values. Conn turned over his studio in Wychwood Park in Toronto—The Little Gallery—to a series of one-man shows of its members. Near the end of his life, he donated paintings by artists represented in this collection to public art galleries in Ontario.

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Series comprises photos of Canadian painter George Agnew Reid (Wingham, Ont. 1860–1947 Toronto) and his paintings; correspondence with Helen Kemp Frye; lists of paintings; an essay by the artist and a programme for the 150th anniversary (1957) of Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Toronto.

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  • English

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Other material on the artist will be found in the George Agnew Reid fonds (SC010). — The artist was the subject of an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1986 entitled Sympathetic Realism: George A. Reid and the Academic Tradition. — George Agnew Reid married Mary Augusta Hiester in 1885; a year after her death in 1921, Reid married Mary Evelyn Wrinch.

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Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Originally Prepared in 2003


  • English



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