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Name of Repository
Title/Stmnt of Responsibility
Robert Harris correspondence : [1843-1932]
Dates of Creation
Robert Harris was born in Wales in 1849 to Critchlow and Sarah (Stretch) Harris. In 1856 the Harris family emigrated to Prince Edward Island. At age fourteen Robert completed his studies at Prince of Wales College and began work in the office of Henry Cundall, surveyor.
Determined to study art, Harris made his first trip to England in 1867. He would eventually study in Boston, London and Paris. It was in Canada that he chose to work, first in Toronto, later Montreal; becoming the country's foremost portrait painter. His most famous painting, commissioned by the Government of Canada, was the group portrait of the Fathers of Confederation. In 1916 it was destroyed in a fire which struck the Parliament Buildings. Recognition brought involvement in arts organizations; Harris was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, a founding member of the Royal Canadian Academy (which he also served as president) and a founding member of Montreal's Pen and Pencil Club. Robert Harris died in Montreal in 1919.
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Scope and Content
This fonds consists of a microfilm copy of a collection of papers regarding Robert Harris. Comprised primarily of correspondence, both personal and professional, there are also two poems, a copy of a speech, and a copy of minutes of the R.C.A. among the papers. The correspondence begins in 1843 with letters belonging to Robert's parents, followed by letters to Robert from his Charlottetown friends and associates (such as Robert May, Henry Cundall and Edward Hodgson). From 1873 onwards much of the correspondence is of a business nature, regarding portraits, exhibitions, and R.C.A. activities. There are also a few letters written to or from Harris family members in the years following Robert's death. The items have been filmed in chronological order followed by a large number of undated letters.
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