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The purpose of this page is to bring to your notice materials of interest. These
may consist of books,pamphlets,cd-roms,tapes,prints,posters,postcards,photographs,etc..
Governmental publications,exhibition catalogues,catalogue raisonees,collector's guides,
museum catalogues,artist personal literature such as autobiographies/biographies,diaries
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LITERATURE

1)  (McBurney,Margaret/Cronin,Fergus[et als?])
"REMEMBERING A FORGOTTEN WAR A TRIBUTE TO Walter Allward and those members of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto who served in the Great War"
[Toronto,Ontario]: (The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (1997)) 12 pages (6 photos/illustrations)
Cost: $2.00 (Cdn.) (part of the proceeds go directly to sustain the club)
This November,1997 desk top published 12 page pamphlet by at least one member of the "The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto" (founded in 1908) is an excellent factually based survey of the club's members and their involovements with World War One. The club archives have been apparently thoroughly searched for information. Unfortunately if understandably given such a restricted primary source major gaps appear in the war services of several club members. Nevertheless this fascinatingly locally produced brochure will be welcome by anyone interested in Canadian artists and their practical relationships to the First World War. It presents hitherto unknown,unpublished or non-documented details regarding club members. We learn for example that the commanding officer of the Princess Pat's who was also present at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917 was club member Agar Adamson (DSO)[p.2] or that charter club member and Group of Seven artist Lawren S.Harris "...for part of the war...was a musketry officer at Camp Borden [ near Barrie,Ontario ] where he painted cityscape targets for marksmanship practice....(which were also used) at Hart House at the University of Toronto" [p.5]. Further fascinating details are given under each of the 54 individual club member's biographies who served in or for the armed forces. These are followed by some modern war related poetry,an article on "Walter Allward and the Vimy Memorial" by Cronin all of which are rounded off by a general discussion of the club's "war artists". Of the over 120 artists who worked for the Canadian War Memorials Fund that oversaw the official war art programme for Canada during the war 15 are identified as club members. This well researched,very well written and produced booklet is highly recommended. We hope that many other arts clubs and organizations will be encouraged after reading this brochure to write their far too long negelected histories.


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