Fonds LA.SC046 - L.A.C. Panton fonds

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L.A.C. Panton fonds


  • [18--]-1987 (Creation)

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61 cm of textual records 221 photographs 5 sketches

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Biographical history

Lawrence Arthur Colley Panton (1894-1954) was a Canadian painter, educator and academician active in Toronto from the 1930s until his death. Born in England, he immigrated to Canada at 17. He served in the Army during 1916-1919 and studied art in the evening after his return from the war. In Toronto, he worked at Rous and Mann as a designer until 1924 when he began his teaching career, first at the Central Technical School and then at Western Technical School (1926-37), Northern Vocational School (1937-51) and finally principal of the Ontario College of Art (1951-54). In 1920 he married Marion Pye; their son Charles was born in 1921 and died in action in 1944. Panton was active in a number of organizations, including the Ontario Society of Artists (President 1931-37), the Canadian Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, the Canadian Group of Painters, The Royal Canadian Academy and the Arts and Letters Club (President 1953-54).

Archival history

Fonds remained in the home of L.A.C. Panton at 65 St. Germaine Avenue, Toronto, until the death of his widow on September 24, 1981. The executor of the estate, Mr. Frank Winter, gathered together the papers, sketchbooks, drawings, paintings and photographs from various parts of the house, and they remained in his custody until 1989 when they were delivered to Christine Boyanoski, Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the AGO. In 1990, the artwork and archival materials were separated, and the papers were housed in the Library. In 2001 Panton’s certificate of induction into the RCA was donated by Mr. Winter.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, lecture notes, newsletters, cards and party invitations, exhibition catalogues, reproductions of art works, passport, certificates, and photographs relating to L.A.C. Panton’s personal and professional life. The photographs range from portraits of his family in England to scenes that provided the basis of paintings, particularly the Nova Scotia coastline. Correspondence relates to his involvement in art societies and his community in North Toronto but does not include his family life. Letters were received from several members of the Group of Seven, Florence Wyle, Arthur Heming, Fred Brigden, G.A. Reid and many others. Clipping files relate both to his professional life and his interest in economics and current events. The fonds arrived at the archives in no discernible order; order has been imposed by the archivist to correspond as much as possible to a file listing found in the fonds. Fonds is comprised of the following series: L.A.C. Panton’s file arrangement Other files Photographs

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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 fonds.

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Originally prepared in 2004.
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019




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