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 William Dudley Burnett Ward, Jr.  (1879 - 1935)



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Lived/Active: Quebec/Ontario / Canada/England      Known for: illustration, fantasy cartoons, poster art

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William Jr Ward
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Whimsical Characters in Forest
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Dudley Burnett Ward (1879 – 1935)
William Dudley Burnett Ward (AKA: Dudley Ward) was an illustrator, cartoonist and poster artist.
He was born in Graveley Bank, Staffordshire, England and died in Montreal, Quebec.  He emigrated to Canada about 1910 and lived in Toronto, Ontario as well as Montreal.
His mediums were watercolor and gouache*.  His most famous subjects are gnome-like fantasy figures he called “Dingbats”.  His styles were Surrealism* and Cartoon characters.
He studied at the South Kensington Art Schools [now Royal College of Art], London under Tom Browne (see AskART); as well as in Amsterdam and Brussels.
In England, he contributed as an illustrator and cartoonist to the publications Ally Sloper, the Illustrated London News, and Bystander.  In Canada he contributed to McLean’s, the Courier, Canada Weekly, and the calendars of Charles E. Frosst & Co. (a Canadian pharmaceutical company now part of Merck).
He was a member of the Society of Graphic Arts, Toronto (1).  He also exhibited with the Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto) in 1912; the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1914, 1918, 1929 and 1931; the Ontario Society of Artists in 1915, 1916 and 1917; and the Art Association of Montreal [now Montreal Museum of Fine Arts] in 1915, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1933 and 1935.
His works are in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
(1) “Society of Graphic Arts, Toronto” is the term used by our source “The Fine Arts in Canada” (1925), by Newton MacTavish (see AskART book references), it could refer to the Canadian Society of Graphic Art*.

– “Art Gallery of Ontario – the Canadian Collection” (1970), by Helen Pepall Bradfield (see AskART book references).
– “The Fine Arts in Canada” (1925), by Newton MacTavish (see AskART book references).
– “The National Gallery of Canada: Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Volume III” (1960), by R.H. Hubbard (see AskART book references).
– “Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Spring Exhibitions 1880 – 1970” (1988), by Evelyn de R. McMann (see AskART book references).
– "Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: Exhibitions and Members, 1880 – 1979" (1981), by Evelyn de R. McMann (see AskART book references).
– Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (see AskART Glossary).
– Canadian Heritage Information Network (see AskART Glossary).
– Cheryl Siegel, Librarian/Archivist, Vancouver Art Gallery.
* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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