BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

James Brian Fitzmaurice

1875 - January 17 1926

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member 1909-1924, President 1919-1920)
B.C. Society of Fine Arts/B.C. Society of Artists: Exhibitor's Timeline


J.B. Fitzmaurice was born in England, and came to Canada when he was sixteen.

He was one of the original members of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts when it was founded in 1908, and was listed as a member in the exhibition catalogue of the BCSFA's debut First Annual Exhibition at the Dominion Hall in Vancouver, although he did not have a painting in the show.

There is a BC Vital Statistics listing for James B. Fitzmaurice marrying Gladys Mary W. Pijot in Vancouver on August 19 1908, but no certificate is posted.

He worked for the Vancouver Province as a cartoonist, as early as 1909 per the City Directory, living at 616 Burrard Street. By 1917 he was living at 1030 Melville Street. There is the notation "Kelowna 1894" on his entry in the card index at the Vancouver Art Gallery library, although the Kelowna City directory does not list him in either 1894 or 1895. His membership in the BCSFA is also noted in 1929, and work in the May 1924 annual exhibition. He also had work in the 1916 and 1917 annual exhibitions of the BCSFA.


Illustration in December 1919 School Days magazine

Some of his cartoons were published in School Days magazine in 1919 and 1920.

He died in what was then called Point Grey, now Vancouver, in 1926 at the relatively early age of 51. There is a BC Vital Statistics listing for this, but no certificate is posted.


Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1917 Sept. 14 - 22 B.C.S.F.A.   Eleventh Exhibition On The Beach
Bathers
In The Valley
Evening
Flower Day
Tag Day
Portrait Sketch
Sight Seers

References

THE GOLD STRIPE - VOLUME TWO
      1919, May. Published by the Amputation Club of B.C., Vancouver
      220 pages (including text, advertisements and photographs)
      Includes two articles illustrated by Fitzmaurice.

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

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

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA VIEW OF CARTOONIST J.B. FITZMAURICE, 1908 - 1909
      Robin Anderson, Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 42 No. 1 Winter 2008
      University of Toronto Press
      Partial abstract:
           "an introduction to and an examination of the early political and social affairs cartoons of Vancouver Province newspaper
           cartoonist James B. Fitzmaurice (1875-1926), who used the tools of visual rhetoric to create an imagined consensus in British Columbia."

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
     1 reference to Fitzmaurice, incorrect birth/death dates.

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

Lambiek Comiclopedia: https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fitzmaurice_jb.htm

Extensive information titled "Fitz and the Great War" at https://robinanderson.opened.ca/introduction/

Clippings

"J. Fitzmaurice is represented by four sketches full of vitality and certainty of line, their humor is as good as their drawing."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916

"Early artists of the first decade included ... Fitzmaurice, one of Canada's best cartoonists"
      From "A Short Art History of British Columbia", by Charles H. Scott
      Behind The Palette, June 1947


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