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Arthur Lee Rogers

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Vancouver Art Association
Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver


The DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARTISTS notes that Rogers was from Liverpool, and that he exhibited 34 works of art in six exhibitions in England from 1882 to 1889, working as a watercolour landscape painter who was living at 125 Bedford Street, Liverpool.

He was one of the earliest artists to exhibit in Vancouver, and in 1890 exhibited a number of paintings in the First Annual Exhibition of the Vancouver Art Association.

Harper notes that he was in Fort Garry in 1871, and in Vancouver by 1894, when he was involved in the founding of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver, and exhibited his artwork in that group's inaugural exhibition in 1894. The 1871 reference is interesting, because (if it is correct) Rogers made an early trip to Canada, then returned to England to live for a few years, then moved to B.C.

One of his works was exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in the retrospective section, in the 1960 annual exhibition.

B.C. Vital Statistics on-line did not provide any information about the artist.


Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1890 October 6 - 11 V.A.A.   1st Annual Exhibition The Cascade Mountains
Lynn's Creek
View near Yale
In the Fraser Canyon
The Inlet, from Brockton Point
View in Stanley Park
View of Moodyville
The Old Beaver
Capilano Creek

References

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

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)

THE DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARTISTS 1880 - 1940 (refer to DBA76)

EMPRESS TO THE ORIENT by W. Kaye Lamb
      1991, 148 pages, ISBN 0-9695221-2-6; published by the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society
      History of the Canadian Pacific Empress ocean liners
      Extensively illustrated in colour and black & white, photographs
      Foreword by Leonard G. McCann, essays, footnotes, appendices
      Includes illustration of work by A. Lee Rogers p.27.

A Collector's Dictionary of CANADIAN ARTISTS AT AUCTION (refer to WB01)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 references cited for Roberts: Harper above.

The Beaver, September 1940, page 10

Clippings

" ... The principal artists belonging to those associations are ... Lee Rogers, Vancouver, landscape painter, a native of Liverpool - works exhibited in the Royal Academy ..."
      ARTS & SCIENCES, History of British Columbia
      Published 1894 by William Briggs, Toronto, Ontario.

      "In the October 10th, 1894, number of the same publication the thing has become an assured fact: "The rooms of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association were crowded last night upon the occasion of a very successful concert . . . . In two weeks the Lieut.-Governor will open the Art Exhibition." A copy of the programme on this occasion shows that the affair was prepared with some care, with evening programmes to add to the interest.
      The local work is emphasized in the reports, the work of Lee Rogers and Will Ferris being specially praised. There is also mentioned an unusually fine collection of old China, Indian and other curious bronzes, with Japanese and Chinese work from various citizens."
      From "The First Art Organization in Vancouver", by Mrs. W. Garland Foster
      Museum Notes, Vol. III, No. 3. September 1928

      "From these one turns to a little sketch entitled "Hasting Mill," by A. Lee Rogers. Here Mr. Rogers has given us a record of a spot which, while the mill lasted, must have appealed, whether in mist or in sunshine, to many a painter, but few have had the privilege, which this artist had, of depicting the mill before the growing city had encroached on its then rural beauty. It is evening, and one feels the atmosphere of peace which, for countless years before, had reigned over the scene."
      From "The City Art Gallery", by G.H. Lardner
      Museum and Art Notes, Vol. IV, No. 1. March 1929


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