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Arthur George Racey Collection (C267)

1902-1915. - 10 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Arthur George Racey (1870-1941) was born in Quebec City and was a cartoonist for the Montreal Witness and later for the Montreal Star, where he worked from 1899 to 1941. Prior to that he had studied at McGill University, and it was there that he developed his interest in cartooning. He was also a student of painter William Brymner.

The universal nature of his work soon earned him a reputation that led to his cartoons being published in newspapers the world over. He also won recognition for his paintings, both watercolours and oils, many of which are now to be found in private collections in Canada.

He published two books: The Englishman in Canada in 1902 and Canadian Men of Affairs in Cartoon in 1922.

Arthur George Racey died in Montreal on December 21, 1941. He was the son of Dr. John Racey.

Scope and Content:

The subject of this collection is Arthur George Racey, especially his cartoon work. The collection includes an album of Racey's cartoons, most dating from 1915; they concern World War I and are ferociously anti-German in tone.

The collection also contains a slim, 22-page book by Racey published in 1902 and titled The Englishman in Canada. A humorous look at an Englishman's travels in Canada, it takes aim at the simplistic views the English had of Canada at the time.