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Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Molly and Her Dog

Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Molly and Her Dog (c. 1927), photograph [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Nov 15-Feb 23] Collection of Molly Lamb Bobak / Photo: Robert Amos

Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC – Nov 15, 2013-Feb 23, 2014

Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Vera with a glass globe

Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Vera with a glass globe, photograph [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Nov 15-Feb 23] Collection of Royal BC Museum, BC Archives 1-66773


Victoria-based arts writer, historian and artist Robert Amos first began studying the life and times of Harold Mortimer-Lamb in 1978 while employed at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It was at this time that the AGGV inherited Mortimer-Lamb’s considerable art collection, as well as a substantial sum of money for new purchases. Amos’s obsession has finally culminated in an exhaustive and fascinating exhibit at the AGGV curated by him and in a book written by him – both titled Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover.

Mortimer-Lamb (1872–1970), father of artist Molly Lamb Bobak, was instrumental in shaping the developing art scene in Victoria and Vancouver during the early part of the 19th century. His list of accomplishments is remarkable. For example, he had a well-regarded career as a pictorialist photographer, spent 14 years as the Canadian art writer for The Studio magazine, and is credited as a founder of both the Vancouver School of Art (1925) and the Vancouver Art Gallery (1931).

This thoughtful exhibition and book explore Mortimer-Lamb and his work in great detail. And, through the judicious selections made from his art collection as well as from works borrowed from both private and public collections, the two also offer an intriguing look at the many notable artists and personalities Mortimer-Lamb collaborated with, supported and loved.

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Christine Clark


 Thu, Feb 6, 2014