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Canadian Art Galleries fonds


Physical Description:
4 m of textual records. -- 7 photographs

Canadian Art Galleries was established by John Davenall Turner, 1900-1980, and his wife, Grace Robertson, 1904-1994, in late 1945 at 332-7th Avenue SW, Calgary. John had previously studied art. The Turners represented many well-known Canadian artists, and also sold some American work. The gallery also sold artists' supplies and undertook framing. In 1948 it moved to 330-7th Avenue SW and in 1955 to 505-17th Avenue SW. In 1961 it moved to 811-17th Avenue SW. The gallery was sold to J. Patrick Cowan in 1965 and Doug Maclean in 1983. In 1994 the gallery moved to 110-9th Avenue SW and in the late 1990s to Canmore, Alberta. For further information see Sunfield Painter : The Reminiscences of John Davenall Turner / John Davenall Turner. - Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 1982; and The Artful Codger : Paintings, verse, cartoons, humorous paintings, sculpture, fables and jottings / of John Davenell Turner. -- Banff : Peter Whyte Foundation, 1978.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of early records regarding artists and business (1945-1980); registers of sales of paintings and inventories of holdings (1945-1965); artists files, including correspondence, exhibition catalogues, and biographies (1957-1993); galleries files (1971-1985); and uncatalogued administrative records (ca. 1990-2000).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS AND COMPLETE LIST OF ARTISTS REPRESENTED: Sybil Andrews, Sid Barron, Maxwell Bates, Stanford E. Blodgett, Annora Brown, Belmore Browne, Ken Christopher, Robert John Davidson, Rene Derouin, Joseph Drapell, Walter Drohan, Winston Elliott, Edward Epp, Erik Gamble, Roland Gissing, H.G. Glyde, Rick O.N. Grandmaison, Gregory John Spence Hardy, John Ikeda, A.Y. Jackson, Flemming Jorgensen, Illingworth Kerr, Bernadette Law, Alfred Crocker Leighton, Grant Leir, Luke Orton Lindoe, Arthur Lismer, Annette Lodge, Manwoman, Glen McCullough, Arthur McKay, Anne E. Meggit, Janet Mitchell, Katie Ohe, Toni Onley, Frank R.C.A. Palmer, Walter Joseph Phillips, Ann Marie Schmid-Esler, Jane Seaborn, Jack Shadbolt, Margaret Shelton, Robert Sinclair, Paul Slogget, Ronald John Spickett, William Levy Leroy Stevenson, Merle Steward, Tony Tascona, Keith Thomson, John Davenall Turner, Clarence Vandeergeest, Yolanda Van Dyck, Ulrike Voll, Joy Walker, Norman Yates and Jane Zednick.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Grace Turner, 1989, and Canadian Art Galleries, 1994-2018.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8001, M-8403, M-8988, M-9884, PA-3160

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