Fonds C 334
The fonds consists of an incomplete set of prints (one of a limited number printed) and colour reproductions of paintings in the Canada War Memorials Exhibitions. Both the prints and reproductions were created as fund-raising tools for the Canadian War Records Office, and were sold as souvenirs for visitors to exhibition. The prints are by Caroline Armington, Cyril Barraud, Gerard de Witt, and Gyrth Russell and depict Canadian troops and Canadian military activities in the following locations in Europe: Ypres, Cambrai, the Ypres- Poperinghe Road, Vlamertinghe, Mont des Cats, Kemmel, St. Pierre, Ablain St Nazaire, Mont St Eloy, Metern, Steenvoorde, Paris, Berthonval Farm, Arras, Cambligneul, Lievin, and Mons. The colour reproductions are by the following artists : Richard Jack, D.Y. Cameron, Edgar Bundy, Norma Wilkinson, Julius Olssen, Gerald Moira, Byam Shaw, C.R. Nevinson, and J. Kerr Lawson.
In addition, the fonds contains prints by other British and Canadian artists whose works were not included in the official souvenir package, but were most likely created for the same purpose. The artists included C.W. Jefferys, Bertram Buchanan, Cuardel Bly, Dorothy Stevens, and Bentley and Mason.
The fonds is arranged into the following series : prints by name of artist; colour reproductions of paintings. A copy of the Souvenir booklet that accompanied the prints is available; consult a Reference Archivist for more information.
The Canadian War Memorials Fund was established in November 1916, by Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, to enhance Canada's participation in the war effort. The CWMF was administered by the Canadian War Records Office, and was a direct response to the need for war documentation for both the British and Canadian publics.
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The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa has an extensive collection of the original works by Canadian artists for the Canadian War Memorial Fund project. They also hold several complete sets of souvenir prints. In addition, Art at the Service of War by Maria Tippett contains a good history of the program.
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