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Victor Albert Long

May 24 1866 - December 18 1938

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member 1921)
British Columbia Artist (B.C.A., 1921)
Vancouver Exhibition Association

Victor Albert Long was born in Fort Erie, Ontario, in 1866. He visited Vancouver a number of times, and then moved here in 1908, according to Harper. He died in Vancouver in 1938, survived by a wife and son in Vancouver, and a daughter in Winnipeg.

He exhibited his work with the Vancouver Exhibition Association in 1924 and 1931. He was listed as a member of the organizing committee for the 1924 exhibition.

In 1932 Long 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 Vancouver artist.

He had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933, the gallery's 62nd exhibition. He died in Vancouver in 1938 at the age of 74.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1933 November 8 - 19 Portraits & Misc. Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1921 Sept. 19 - 24 BCSFA   13th Annual Exhibition Pirate Captive
General Stewart
The Engineer
A Wild Night
1924 Aug. 9 - 16 Vancouver Exhibition   Annual Exhibition The Cellist
Father Lacombe
Portrait of a Lady
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Portrait, Father Lacombe
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual George McCrossan, K.C.
Mrs. Duncan Carmichael
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition The Engineer

References

WHO'S WHO IN WESTERN CANADA
      1911; Edited by C.W. Parker
      A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men & Women of Western Canada
      Published by Canadian Press Association Ltd., Vancouver office
      Contains 3,000 biographical sketches in 390 pages, incl. 84 pages photo portraits
      References include Long in Winnipeg

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

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

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)

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

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      One page biography and eight references

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      3 references cited for Long, including Macdonald above.

TAMING THE FRONTIER: ART & WOMEN IN THE CANADIAN WEST 1880 - 1920
      July 2005; by Virgina G. Berry, copyright Margaret Berry and Julie Berry Melynk.
      188 pages softcover; illustrated, footnotes, bibliography, index
      Centered on Winnipeg, but has early references to Long.

CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1912/1915-19 (refer to DIR)

Clippings

"In the "Pirate Captive" by Victor A. Long, we have one of the few story pictures in the show. It is doubtless an exciting story but I seem to feel that even a pirate would have given the lady a bathrobe. The treatment is robust and the color good - some of the details, however, shows hurry, especially in the hands."
      "One other picture by Victor A. Long called "The Engineer" (132), is notable for its strength and breadth of treatment. It is a portrait in the best style and shows a care and workmanship of an outstanding order."
      From "Pictures at B.C. Fine Arts", by J. Butterfield
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 19 1921, page 12

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

"One Man Art Show" by (unknown)
      Vancouver Sun, November 8 1933

"Fine Display is Made of B.C. Portraiture" by T.H.W.
      New Herald, November 8 1933

"Mr. Long's work is very well known to residents of Vancouver. This is the first 'One-Man Show' that he has given in the gallery." by (unknown)
      Art Gallery Bulletin, November 1933 Vol. I No. III

Obituary, Montreal Gazette December 29 1938


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