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James William Keagey

April 29 1878 - October 5 1956

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Vice President 1917, President 1918-1919)

James W. Keagey was born in West Flamborough, Ontario in 1878. He studied in Toronto, Philadelphia, and in Rome. He was a registered architect in British Columbia from 1910 to 1919. He was an early member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, and served the group in the positions of Vice-President and President. He exhibited with the group from at least April 1915 until the 1918 Annual Exhibition. It was noted in local reviews that he had received his artistic training in Europe, and trained under Pennell.

One of his etchings/aquatints is in the collection of the National Gallery in Ottawa, and is illustrated in their catalogue of Canadian Art, Volume Two / G - K.

Keagey died in Dundas, Ontario in 1956.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1915 April BCSFA   Works by Members Old Norman "Stair" Canterbury Cathedral
Arch of Titus, Rome
Door to Wine House, Alhambra, Spain
Landscape in Crayons
1916 BCSFA   Exhibition (3 etchings)
1917 Sept. 14 - 22 BCSFA   Eleventh Exhibition Old Mosque, Cairo (Etching)
Forest Fires (Etching)
Boats in Harbour (Etching)
"Le Roi Est Mort" (Dry Point)
East Transept, Entrance Plan Cathedral
Etching

References

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

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)
      One etching listed: Old Muski, Cairo, dated 1917.

CANADIAN ART VOLUME TWO / G - K
      Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
      Editor Pierre B. Landry in collaboration with Claire Champ
      1994, National Gallery of Canada; ISBN 0-88884-638-X
      11 pages front matter; 392 pages catalogue; index
      One work by Keagey illustrated & concise biography.

A NEW CLASS OF ART - The Artist's Print in Canadian Art, 1877 - 1920
      1996, Rosemary L. Tovell, ISBN 0-88884-655-X; published by National Gallery of Canada
      Technically an exhibition catalogue of travelling show, but has extensive information.
      Illustrated; includes endnotes; list of works; selected references; index
      An excellent overview of an important period of Canadian printmaking
      Includes information on Keagey.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Keagey, incl. RCA above.

INDEX TO NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA EXHIBITION CATALOGUES
and CHECKLISTS 1880 - 1930

      2007; ISBN 978-0-88884-835-2; softcover, 514 pages
      Published by National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives: Occasional Paper Number 7
      Includes essay, catalogues, artist listings, collector listings, bibliography
      5 works listed by Keagey, page 295, in 4 exhibitions.

Clippings

"There are three very small but very fine works in a rather dark corner by Mr. J.W. Keagey, Nos. 101, 102, and 103. They are mezzotints or something of the kind and they are of good quality, one of them "Quiet Pastures," being especially desirable."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916

"Among members who have had the advantage of European training in the continental schools are ... J.W. Keagey ..."
      From "Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts", by Bernard McEvoy
      Studio Magazine, London England, February 15, 1918


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