BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Thomas Bamford

February 4 1861 - February 28 1941

Vancouver Art Association (Member 1890)
Island Arts & Crafts Society (President)

Thomas Bamford was one of the earliest artists to exhibit in Vancouver. He was born in Liverpool, England, and studied at the Liverpool School of Art. He later apprenticed to an iron founder, and worked as a founder in Boston after coming to North America in 1879. While living there he studied at the Boston Art School. He came to B.C. in 1882 and worked as a founder in Victoria, and later worked as a surveyor from the 1890s until he retired in 1926. He was considered an authority on B.C. Timber (Harper).

He exhibited a number of paintings in the First Annual Exhibition of the Vancouver Art Association in 1890. He exhibited his paintings with the Island Arts & Crafts Society from 1910 until 1938. He exhibited work at the 1930 Spring Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts.

In 1932 Bamford was a signatory to an agreement to boycott the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for their exhibition and purchase policies related to Canadian artists. He was noted as being a Victoria artist.

His work was included in two Vancouver Island Exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933 and 1939 (see exhibition listings).

He also showed his work at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Ontario Art Gallery, at the Canadian National Exhibition (1903), and with the Ontario Society of Artists.

Bamford died in Victoria in 1941 at the age of 80.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1890 October 6 - 11 V.A.A.   1st Annual Exhibition Sunset on Koksilah River
Waterfront, Victoria Harbour
Sunrise Over the Old Town
Perennial Phlox
Dahlias
Study of Flowers
Study of Gladiolas
Mending the Sail
Chemainus River
A Breezy Day in San Juan Straits
Crescent Island, Fraser River
Finlayson's Battery
Near Macaulay Point
Foul Bay
Sunlight in Victoria Harbor
Cowichan River
Chinese Ranch
Rainy Day, Fraser River
Evening, from James' Bay
Stormy Day, Macaulay Bay
Mt. Baker, Early Morning
At Oak Bay
Sumas Lake
In the Woods, Beacon Hill
The Cliffs, Beacon Hill
The Golden Ears, Fraser River
Evening in the Woods
A Grey Morning, Foul Bay
Fisherman's Rock
Ross Bay
Sunrise at Oak Bay
Koksilah River
Fishing Village
The Olympians
Saanich Arm
Beacon Hill
Sailor Bay
Cadboro Bay
1910 September IACS   1st Annual Exhibition A Grey Day
Strawberry Vale
Breaking Wave
Mount Arrowsmith from Denman Island
October Afternoon, Beacon Hill Park
Autumn, Beacon Hill Park
Early Morning, Cowichan Bay
Riverside, Cowichan Lake
Afternoon, Beacon Hill Park
Breezy Weather
Alders
September
Rocks Near Dallas Road
Denman Island
Low Tide Early Morning
1911 Oct. 5 - 7 IACS Alexandra Club   2nd Annual October, Beacon Hill Park
Trial Island
Hall Creek, B.C.
Mt. Baker from Shoal Bay
Phillips Arm
Chinese Gardens
Low Tide
Gonzales Point
August Afternoon
Ross Bay
Afternoon Breeze
The Old Battery
Colquitz River
Colquitz River
Spring Morning
Under the Oaks
1930 May 31 - June 14 BCSFA   Spring Exhibition The Wheat Field
Seymour Inlet
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours Whitby Harbour
Evening, Dallas Road, Victoria
1933 Mar. 3 - 15 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition The Old Cathedral
Whitby Harbour
Green Pastures
1939 Mar. 14 - 26 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Wheatfields in Saanich
Green Pastures

References

ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB 5th ANNUAL EXHIBITION (refer to IACS14)

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

IMPRESSIONS OF AN AGE (refer to VCM69)

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

FROM DESOLATION TO SPLENDOUR:
Changing Perceptions of the British Columbia Landscape

      1977, by Maria Tippet and Douglas Cole
      Clarke Irwin & Co., ISBN 0-7720-1048-X
      159 pages; illustrated; foreword by Jack Shadbolt
      One Bamford w/c illustrated in colour p. 61; biographical information p.63

AN EXHIBITION OF OUR COLLECTION OF
EARLY WESTERN CANADIAN WATERCOLORS
(refer to UL78)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      4 references cited for Bamford.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1899 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

" ... The principal artists belonging to those associations are ... T. Bamford, Victoria, landscape and portrait painter in oil and water colors, a native of Liverpool, England - studied under John Finney, Art Academy, Liverpool, and at the Boston Art School ..."
      ARTS & SCIENCES, History of British Columbia
      Published 1894 by William Briggs, Toronto, Ontario.

" ... the 118 artists who have signed the agreement to date ... include ... Thos. Bamford ... "
      From "Canadian Artists Unite to Boycott National Gallery," by The Canadian Press
      Montreal Gazette, December 8, 1932

Obituary, Victoria Times, February 28 1941

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