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James Morgan fonds (P137)

1897-1923. - 12 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Born is Fifeshire, Scotland, James Morgan (fl 1897-1923) came to Canada at an early age and was educated at Montréal High School. He joined the family dry goods firm of Henry Morgan and Co. and eventually became the president. Morgan was also quite active in other business ventures such as the Colonial Real Estate Company and the Montréal Cement Co. He was involved in local philanthropic, political and cultural activities including the Montréal General Hospital, the Montréal Citizens Association and the Montréal Art Association. A patron of the arts, Morgan lent his financial support to Canadian artists such as Ben Foster, Clarence Gagnon and George Chivignaud. In the cases of the latter two artists, Morgan agreed to finance their European studies in exchange for paintings by them.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.259)

Scope and Content:

The James Morgan fonds reflects his patronage of Canadian artists and his private life. There is correspondence from Canadian artists Ben Foster in New York; George Chivignaud and Clarence Gagnon in Europe concerning their art work, exhibitions, studies, discussions of other Canadian painters, and financial arrangements. Also included is family correspondence.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.259)