Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
Walter Seymour Allward, R.C.A., 1876-1955
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
Photo Source - Wikipedia
The next time you are crossing University Avenue at Queen Street on the north side, stop for a moment in the median and look up, way up. Yes, it's the memorial to the South African War. A nearby Ontario Heritage Trust plaque tells about the sculptor:
Plaque coordinates: 43.651317 -79.3869
A renowned Canadian sculptor, Allward was born in Toronto and attended Central Technical School. He studied under William Cruikshank and Emmanuel Hahn, prominent Canadian sculptors, and later in London and Paris. His first important commission, the Northwest Rebellion Memorial (Toronto), was executed in 1895. Allward's mature style was revealed in the Baldwin-Lafontaine Monument in 1915 (Ottawa). His greatest project was the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. This vast, solemn work, completed in 1936, took fourteen years to execute. Among his other well-known works are Toronto monuments to William Lyon Mackenzie, John Graves Simcoe, and this memorial to the South African War. His work is represented in the National Gallery, Ottawa.
> Posted September 6, 2011
Allward also had a studio in France which was within walking distance of the Vimy Ridge Memorial. Allward was mentor to Emanuel Hahn, who was mentor to Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook who mentored Christian Cardell Corbet. An impressive artistic lineage!
> Posted April 24, 2009
Where was Allward's studio in Toronto?
> Posted October 12, 2008
As I am sure has been pointed out, E. Hahn was Allward's assistant NOT teacher, nor did he ever study in London or Paris. He had a studio in London (Maida Vale) while working on the Vimy memorial.
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