Edmund MORRIS, 1871-1913
Canadian Painter from Perth, Ontario
January 18, 2014:
Here is another Canadian artist with connections to the Ottawa Valley area.
Edmund Morris, 1871-1913, was born in Perth, Ontario. His family were of Scottish origin and had business and political interests
in Brockville and later in Perth where Edmund's grandfather, Alexander Morris, was born in 1826.
Alexander Morris was married to Margaret Cline from Cornwall, Ontario.
The family was well off and Alexander Morris became Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. He became a champion of the
First Nations people. His son Edmund Morris went along in 1906 to the North Shore of
Lake Superior to the signing of the Treaty Agreements with the Cree and Ojibway nations in Northern Ontario (
Treaty Number 9, signed in 1905-1906). Edmund
was given the task of painting portraits of all of the Chiefs who signed the treaty with the Indian Affairs Department,
on behalf of their Bands.
June 6, 2014:
Artist Edmund Morris painting Objibway Chief Chessequim, 1906
Chapleau, Ontario, Treaty No. 9 Expedition
Source: Library and Archives, Canada,
MIKAN Number 3191846
Edmund Morris studied art in Toronto. From there he went to New York, then Paris, France to study with many of his
Canadian contemporaries. Back in Canada, he painted many landscape pictures along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.
Here he is studying in Toronto for the 1891 Census:
In 1909, he painted this portrait of High Eagle in Northern Ontario:
A photograph of this painting appears in the book Edmund Morris, Frontier Artist, by Jean S. McGill, page 21,
Dundurn Press, Toronto and Charlottetown, 1984, ISBN 0-919670--78-4, 208 pages. A good book to have in your
June 1, 2014:
Edmund Morris was good friends with the Ottawa poets Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott.
November 10, 2014:
The photograph on the left, below, was taken in the professional photography studio of William Topley in Ottawa.
The photograph on the right was taken in 1907 by the painter Edmund Morris as he travelled among the Cree / Saulteaux of Manitoba.
Thanks to eagle-eyed Taylor Kennedy for locating these photos and sending them along!
E-mail Taylor Kennedy and Allan Lewis
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