m996.11.139 | Arnold Bennett and Nick Auf Der Maur

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Drawing, cartoon
Arnold Bennett and Nick Auf Der Maur
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
April 7, 1990, 20th century
Ink on paper
28.1 x 28 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
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Keys to History

"Montreal's anglo community has produced many hotheads on the language and cultural front. One man well ahead of his time for representing conciliation within the community was Nick Auf der Maur. Boulevardier, newspaper columnist, politician and raconteur, Nick moved comfortably in Montreal's downtown circles. This is my favourite cartoon of him, drawn when Nick ran successfully in the 1990 municipal election against activist Arnold Bennett. To understand the bottom-pinching reference, you need to know that Auf der Maur was a real ladies' man. Nick was also one of my best friends and I miss him. His life-style of excess eventually caught up with him, striking him down prematurely in 1998 at the age of fifty-five. As a tip of the hat, the city of Montreal named a small laneway in the Crescent Street area after him."

Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)