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The European art and Canadiana collections of Robert Wilson Reford (1867-1951)

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The European art and Canadiana collections of Robert Wilson Reford (1867-1951)

Ivory, Sarah (1995) The European art and Canadiana collections of Robert Wilson Reford (1867-1951). Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Robert Wilson Reford, a Montrealer engaged in the shipping business, amassed a large collection of Old Master and European pictures which included a significant number of British paintings of the eighteenth century, and showed a preference for portraits. Highlights included portraits by Bronzino, Veronese, Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Hoppner, a large collection of Boningtons, and the Madonna of the Yarnwinder attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Collected between 1909 and 1948, the paintings were purchased primarily from a few well-known dealers in London, New York and Paris who were to add considerably to the quality of Reford's collection. His taste, therefore, is representative of the international taste for Old Masters and eighteenth-century portraiture which dominated the art market from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s. Reford also collected a large number of Indian medals and trade silver, watercolours, maps, prints, and other documents which constituted his collection of Canadiana. Collected from the mid-1880s to the 1930s, the collection reflects Reford's interest in material history concerning Canada's past. Several other collectors were equally interested in validating Canada's history and their concerns were related to the growth of Canadian nationalism during the later nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ivory, Sarah
Pagination:viii, 285, [59] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1995
Thesis Supervisor(s):Foss, Brian
ID Code:112
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:09
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:12
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