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[Bookplate for W. Gordon Mills]
[Bookplate for W. Gordon Mills]
Title[Bookplate for W. Gordon Mills]
Date Created[between 1900 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionIn black ink on cream paper. This image depicts a nighttime scene with a single star in the sky and two evergreen trees silhouetted in front of a lake and mountains. Superimposed upon this landscape, a lyre sits next to a scroll which reads "Sonata Apassionata" (sic) and has notes from the score. The initial "M" is in the lower right hand corner as a possible signature.
Extent1 bookplate : linocut ; 7.8 x 10.9 cm
SubjectLandscape drawings ; Music
Subject - GeographicCanada
Personal NamesMills, W. Gordon
TypeStill Image
NotesW. Gordon Mills was an executive with the T. Eaton Company in Toronto in 1923 ; he wrote 'Tale of the Mississaugas' the same year, an epic poem detailing the creation myth of the Mississaugas. He was an occasional art critic and served on the council of the Art Gallery of Toronto. He later served as Deputy Minister of National Defence for Naval Services in WWII. He was named Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his services. His wife Doris Huestis Speirds, for whom the poem was dedicated, was a painter and close friend of the members of the Group of Seven. His birth and death dates are unknown. The sonata named on the plate is Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23, one of his greatest piano sonatas.
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Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P M5557
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_M5557
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR CAN P M5557
Date Available2010
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
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