TABLE OF CONTENTSCollection Summary
Walker Book plates:
Sir Byron Edmund Walker (1848-1924), banker, President Canadian Bank of Commerce (1907-1924), was a lifelong patron and supporter of the arts. Walker founded the Art Gallery of Ontario and was its first president (1900-1924). He was instrumental in the founding of the Royal Ontario Museum and served on the Advisory Arts Council, and later, the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada (1907-1924). His son, Edmund Murton Walker (1877-1969), entomologist, was a member of the faculty of Zoology, University of Toronto (1904-1948), Assistant Director of the Royal Ontario Museum (1918-1931), and Honourary Director of the ROM (1931-1969). An amateur landscape painter, Edmund Murton enjoyed a close friendship with Canadian illustrator and designer Thoreau MacDonald (1901-1989).
The collection consists of 3 book plates created for the Walkers. Two of the book plates were designed for Sir Edmund, including one designed by Stanley Harrod (1881- ) in 1919, and one book plate was designed for Edmund Murton by Thoreau MacDonald.
Source of supplied title proper: Title supplied by cataloguer.
Immediate source of acquisition: The book plates were donated to the National Gallery of Canada by Mrs. F.M. (Robert) Rosewarne, 1985.
Walker Book plates, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada.
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