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Samuel Maclure

April 11 1860 - August 8 1929

Vancouver Art Association (Member 1890)
Vancouver Arts and Crafts Society
Island Arts and Crafts Society (Founding member 1909)
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member 1929)

Samuel Maclure was one of the few early artists in British Columbia to be born here. His father was a surveyor in the Royal Engineers, and Samuel was born in the Royal Engineer's Camp in Sapperton, now New Westminster.

He began working as an architect in New Westminster in 1887. In 1890 he became one of the earliest artists to exhibit in Vancouver, showing a number of paintings in the First Annual Exhibition of the Vancouver Art Association.

He married, and moved with his wife to Victoria in 1892. Maclure taught painting and sold his work in Victoria while building up his architectural practice, for which he is most famous in B.C. He exhibited work with the Island Arts and Crafts Society from 1914 to 1916.

He exhibited a number of his architectural illustrations with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1906.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1909 and 1910.

He worked with Rattenbury, and James Blomfield. After World War I, Ross Lort, who was a long-time apprentice and draftsman for Maclure, was promoted to full partner and headed the Vancouver office.

Maclure died in Victoria in 1929 at the age of 69.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1890 October 6 - 11 V.A.A.   1st Annual Exhibition Moonlight on Fraser River
View on Fraser, Near Langley
View Near Beacon Hill
Night, Fraser Fraser (sic) River
Golden Ears, Fraser River
Sunrise, Cheam Peaks


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

IMPRESSIONS OF AN AGE (refer to VCM69)

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)

ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS & ARTISTS - Canadian Art 1890 - 1918 (refer to NGC13)

References - GENERAL

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 Maclure

ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB 5th ANNUAL EXHIBITION (refer to IACS14)

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

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)
      Includes short reference to Maclure (spelled McLure).

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

AN EXHIBITION OF OUR COLLECTION OF
EARLY WESTERN CANADIAN WATERCOLORS
(refer to UL78)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

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

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
     6 references to Maclure.

BUILDING THE WEST - Early Architects of British Columbia
      2003; Edited by Donald Luxton, numerous contributing authors and researchers
      Talonbooks, ISBN 0-88922-474-9
      560 pages, extensively illustrated in black and white, some colour
      Biographies of over 400 architects and firms; extensive bibliography
      Personal biography of Maclure by Janet Bingham
      Professional biography by Jim Wolf, pages 148 - 155

ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to AIC)

Clippings

" ... The principal artists belonging to those associations are ... S. Maclure, Victoria, landscape painter in water colors, a native of British Columbia - studied in Philadelphia ..."
      ARTS & SCIENCES, History of British Columbia
      Published 1894 by William Briggs, Toronto, Ontario.

Article, Studio magazine, London England, 1909 Issue XLV p. 122-4

"Victoria supplied ... Samuel Maclure ... "
      From "A Short Art History of British Columbia", by Charles H. Scott
      Behind The Palette, June 1947


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