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The 1904 Henderson's directory listed Blair as "Science & Art Master, Normal School + Technical School, h 956 Thurlow" (Vancouver).
Blair was a Charter Member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts when it was founded in 1909.
He was the the author of a series of school art instruction workbooks, Blair's Canadian Drawing Series, printed and published (the third edition of 1918, at least) by The Copp Clark Company Limited, Toronto. The series was "authorised by the Council of Public Instruction, British Columbia", there were at least four books in the series, Book 4 being for the Senior Grade, and the books were published in at least three editions, the first being in April 1909, the second edition in April 1913, and the third in March 1918. In his introduction to the third edition Blair thanks John Kyle: "My thanks are due to Mr. J. Kyle, A.R.C.A., for several important suggestions in connection with the work."
Examples of Blair's artwork are apparently very scarce, as the authors of both PLANTAE OCCIDENTALIS and Printmaking In British Columbia state that they were unable to locate any of his work. Thus, the example shown below is a rare published example of his work, albeit in an obscure, early instructional pamphlet.
The Calendar for the Vancouver High School for the 1906-07 school year lists his series as part of the curriculum for the arts program, so it was clearly published earlier than the series first published by Copp Clark in 1909. McMann notes that Blair was a lithographer who flourished c1899.
B.C. Vital Statistics on-line lists a number of Blairs with a first or middle name of David, more information would be needed to determine which Blair might be this artist. The most likely listing gives a death date of August 11, 1925, in Vancouver, at the age of 74.
PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889 - 1983
October 6 to November 27, 1983, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; ISBN 0-88885-081-6
Authors mention Blair, but note that they were unable to locate any of his work.
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
1 reference cited for Blair: Harper's Early Painters and Engravers in Canada.
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1899/1904 (refer to DIR)
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