FitzGerald Family fonds

Call Number: Mss Sc 88 (A.83-09, A.83-10)

Title: FitzGerald Family fonds.

Dates: 1920-1969.

Extent: 0.01 m of textual records.

Biographical sketch: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald was born in Winnipeg and received his early art instruction at the Keszthelyi School of Fine Art. Later he was employed as a commercial artist with Stovel Company and Eaton's display department. In 1921, he studied at the Art Students' League in New York and that same year held his first exhibition in the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He joined the staff of the Winnipeg School of Art in 1924 and in 1929 became its Principal. In 1932, he was invited to become a member of the Group of Seven following the death of J.E.H. MacDonald. When the Group disbanded, FitzGerald became a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters.

FitzGerald was a highly respected teacher as well as a versatile artist skilled in such various media as oils, watercolors, charcoal, pen, and crayon. He also embossed in copper and sculpted. His early works were of the prairies and his immediate surroundings. Later he turned to still life and still later to abstracts.

FitzGerald retired in 1949 and received an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1952. He died in 1956 and a memorial exhibition, mounted by the National Gallery, opened in Winnipeg in 1958 and subsequently toured the major galleries in the country.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in two separate accessions in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Whitney Morrison. The material in the first accession (A.83-09) was split among this fonds and the Bertram Brooker fonds (MSS 16).

Scope and content: The fonds consists of a fragment of a dictionary with notations by Lionel FitzGerald, correspondence, and a certificate of appreciation from the Canadian Government Pavilion at Expo '67. Two black and white photographs of Patricia FitzGerald are now held as PC 98 as the Patricia FitzGerald fonds.

Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Related material: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald fonds (MSS 287, PC 241, TC 139 (A.09-16)); Patricia FitzGerald fonds (PC 98 (A.83-10)); The Winnipeg School of Art fonds (MSS 291, PC 242 (A.09-16)).

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room.