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Inglis Sheldon-Williams family fonds

1900-1965, predominant 1900-1940

Physical Description:
38 cm of textual records. -- 185 photographs. -- 1 audio reel

Inglis Sheldon-Williams, 1870-1940, one of Saskatchewan's best-known artists, was born in England. He lived in Germany and Belgium before emigrating to Canada in 1887. In 1889, his mother, Harriet, and sisters, Dorothea and Catherine, joined him and they homesteaded at Cannington Manor, Saskatchewan. When his mother died in 1891, he returned to Europe, and studied art in England and France. He returned to Saskatchewan to paint, 1894-1895. From 1896 to 1912, he was a graphic artist in South Africa, India, Japan and England. His sisters returned to England in 1903 when the Cannington Manor house burned. In 1904, he married Ina Maud Thomson and they had two daughters, Eve and Christina. He returned to Regina, 1913-1917, to paint and in 1916 created the Regina College Art Department. He was attached to the Canadian War Memorial Commission in France and Germany during the First World War. He visited Saskatchewan in 1919 and 1922, but spent the rest of his life in Europe.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, notebooks, poetry, reviews, catalogues, reminiscences, and newsclippings, pertaining predominantly to his painting career; and articles written by Inglis on a wide variety of art, political and military topics. Includes photographs of the family, Japan and India. Also includes correspondence of Dorothea Sheldon-Williams (1915-1926), and of Mrs. Sheldon-Williams (1941-1953), and an interview with Eve Sheldon-Williams and Christina Singer regarding their father.

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Christina Singer and Eve Sheldon-Williams, and gift of Marjorie E. Maltby Brown, 1965-1984.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1134, PA-2049, PA-2617, PB-507, RCT-209

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