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Edgar Briggs Sisley (1900)

Born in Toronto, he began sketching at Toronto Island about the age of fifteen. He served in the RAF in 1918. Following WW1 he studied dentistry and graduated from R.C.D.S. in 1926 and practised dentistry until his retirement. Served in the Canadian Dental Corps during WW2 (1940-41). He took night classes with the Hart House Sketch Club, U of T under Carl Schaeffer, Charles Goldhamer and Owen Staples. He painted landscapes and genre scenes in oils and mostly water colours. He also did engraving: dry-point etching, aquatint and colour prints. He is represented in the London Regional Art & Historical Museum, ON; AG of Hamilton; ROM, Tor.; HH, U of T, Toronto. He did some teaching at the Oakville Arts and Crafts (Oakville H.S. evening classes, 1950-51). He was awarded Honorary (CPE) Members Print of the Year 1946 for his dry-point, In the Shop. Mbr.: Lakeshore Assoc. of Artists (1930); CPE (1944) (Mbrshp. Chairman, 1946-47) (Vice-Pres. 1948-51) (Treasurer 1951-56); Oakville Arts & Crafts (1949-60); Oakville Art Soc. (1965-69). Married Elsie Davis in 1931, had one adopted son David (b. 1944).

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker. National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada

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