Les Callan fonds [graphic material]
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Les Callan fonds [graphic material]
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984 drawings: pen and brush with black India ink, coloured black pencil, collage paper, on heavy or light card or commercial board; 39.6 x 28.3 cm, or smaller.
17 prints: photomechanical reproductions.
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The fonds consists of 984 original cartoons by Les Callan drawn for the "Vancouver Sun" (1930-1937), "The Toronto Star", (1937-1942, 1945-1961), and the "Maple Leaf" (1942-1945) and concerning a wide variety of political, military, economic and social issues or events both within Canada and abroad. The works comment, from a Canadian perspective, on some of the most significant issues and events of the 20th century - events reflecting on or coinciding with: the immediate pre-World War II period and the political tensions both in Europe and the Far East; the early War years and the first military defeats for the Axis Powers; the post-war re-alignment of alliances culminating in the rise of Communism and the beginnings of the Cold War; the beginnings of the decline of Britain as a major World Power and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as World Super Powers. Issues specific to Canada include the 1939 Royal Visit; the Conscription Crisis of 1944; various works depicting life in the ranks of the Canadian Army during World War II; as well as numerous other pre and post war domestic issues or events such as the Pipeline Debate of 1957. There is also one cartoon by J.B. Fitzmaurice dated 1917. Canadian and foreign personages caricaturized include: Neville Chamberlain; Adolph Hitler; Benito Mussolini; Franklin Delano Rosevelt; Joseph Stalin; Nikita Krushchev; Francisco Franco; Richard Bedford Bennett; William Lyon Mackenzie King; Louis St. Laurent; John Diefenbaker; Lester B. Pearson and others. The fonds also includes a collection of 17 Christmas cards sent by the artist to a family friend which date from 1950-1983.
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Graphic (art): (Electronic) For 1990-608 accession, list of captions item-level, in accession file and online. (90: Open)Graphic (art): (Electronic) For 1997-310 accession, list of captions item-level, in accession file and on-line, (90: Open)Graphic (art): (Paper) For 2002-R10882 accession, inventory list item-level, in accession file (90: Open)
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- Custodial history:
- The 1990 and 2003 accessions acquired directly from the artist's widow, Mrs Margaret Callan of Delta, B.C. The 1997 accession acquired from a friend of the Callan family, Ms. Noline Martin of Ottawa, Ont.
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Graphic (art): Reproduction or use of Vancouver Sun material, except for archival purposes, requires the written consent of "The Vancouver Sun", 2250 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3G2. Graphic (art): Nil for "The Toronto Star" and the "Maple Leaf" work. Graphic (art): For "The Vancouver Sun" work, Copyright: "The Vancouver Sun" until 2036. Graphic (art): for the "Maple Leaf" work, Copyright: Government of Canada. Graphic (art): for "The Toronto Star" work, Copyright: Estate of Les Callan until 2036. Graphic (art): Credit: National Archives of Canada, Ottawa.
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