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 painting Ojibway Chief, Chapleau, Ontario, 1906
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:
Edmund Morris and family in the 1891 census for Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In 1909, he painted this portrait of High Eagle in Northern Ontario:
Painting by Edmund Morris - Chief High Eagle, 1909
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 personal library.

June 1, 2014: Edmund Morris was good friends with the Ottawa poets Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott.
New 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!
Photograph by William Topley - Chief John Prince, 1891 Photograph taken by the painter Edmund Morris of Chief John Prince, 1891

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