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Sadd, William Harvey

Biography

William Harvey Sadd was born in Toronto in 1864 and studied at the Ontario School of Art, where he was taught by noted Canadian artists Frederic Bell-Smith and Lucius O’Brien. He then apprenticed as an engraver under Ernest Krieghoff at the Toronto Lithographic Company, the manufacturer of Canada’s first Christmas card. This led to work in the United States, Toronto, and Ottawa. He retired to Manotick in 1914 and began to paint full-time. Much of his work depicts Ottawa, Gatineau, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and the Rockies. His subject matter includes logging and pioneer scenes, still life, legislative buildings, and homes of famous Canadians. His work was reproduced in various popular forms, such as calendar illustrations.

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