Jarvis, Alan

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Jarvis, Alan

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1915-1972

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Alan Hepburn Jarvis was born in Brantford, Ont., on July 26, 1915. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1938 with a combined degree in Philosophy and Psychology. After his graduation, he went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, specializing in aesthetics. During and after the war, he largely worked in England in a variety of jobs. He returned to Canada in 1955 to become the Director of the National Gallery in Ottawa. He resigned in 1959 and shortly thereafter became editor of Canadian Arts Magazine (later ArtsCanada). In 1961, he became National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. For the last 10 years of his life, he freelanced as a writer, sculptor and arts consultant. He died in 1972.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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