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W. James Leyland

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Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver
Advisory Board of Fine Arts (President 1920)
B.C. Art League (Organizing committee 1920)
James Leyland's Fine Art Gallery, Vancouver

James Leyland was an artist, a gallery owner, and an important supporter of the arts in Vancouver in the early part of the twentieth century.

He wrote an article titled Art and the Soldier, published in Vancouver in The Gold Stripe, Volume One, Christmas 1918.

In 1920 Leyland was made President of the newly formed Advisory Board of Fine Arts, an organization created to "act in conjunction with the Exhibition Association" to put on an exhibition of art at Hastings Park (now known as the Pacific National Exhibition). He also represented the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver on the Advisory Board.

Leyland was also a member of the B.C. Art League, founded in 1920, and was appointed to the Organizing committee 1920.

He advertised his gallery in The Paint Box in 1926 and 1927. The gallery was previously at 665 Granville Street, and then at 609 Dunsmuir Street. In 1929 he loaned paintings to the Citizens' Loan Exhibition of Water Colors sponsored by the B.C. Art League.

Exhibitions

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References

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

Refer to Early Art and Framing Stores of Vancouver.

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1918-1929 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

"The committees which will be recommended to the League were named as follows: ... J. Leyland ..."
      From "B.C. Art League Committees Are Active" by (unknown)
      Western Woman's Weekly, October 9, 1920


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