Collection LA.SC039 - Photographs of Canadian art collection

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Photographs of Canadian art collection


  • [189-?]–1985 (Creation)

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4,125 photographs
227 pictures

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Archival history

Materials now constituting the Photographs of Canadian Art collection were obtained by curators at the Art Gallery of Toronto, now the Art Gallery of Ontario, between the 1920s and 1985 in the course of acquiring works of art and arranging exhibitions for the gallery. The photographs were assembled during this period by staff in the library and archives of the gallery as a curatorial resource.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of a single series of copy prints (of paintings, drawings and prints), and photos of sculptures and other works of art and architecture, chiefly by 19th- and 20th-century Canadian artists and architects, arranged in alphabetical order by surname, with photos of works by unknown artists at the end of the series. The collection comprises 646 artists and architects, and includes some reproductions of works of art, chiefly clippings. Many of the works of art reproduced in the photographs are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

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

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. Copyright may still rest with photographers of items in the collection. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Includes 4123 black-and-white photographic prints, 1 colour print (photograph) and 1 transparency, with 227 pictures (reproductions).

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In descriptions of file contents, the term “paintings” is used collectively for works in oil, acrylic, or similar non-aqueous liquid and watercolour. The term “copy print” is extended to include photos of paintings that include part or all of a frame. Some photos of sculptural works comprise several objects identified separately by title.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Description and finding aid prepared 2013, revised 2016.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description and finding aid prepared and updated by Gary Fitzgibbon.
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

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