Jefferys, Charles William
Charles William Jefferys, painter, illustrator, muralist, writer, teacher (b at Rochester, Eng 25 Aug 1869; d at Toronto 8 Oct 1951). Determined to explore both "the true nature of our landscape" and the historical (and prehistorical) background that shaped Canadian society, Jefferys was a strong advocate of artistic nationalism. Beginning work as a newspaper artist in 1889, Jefferys served as an illustrator on the New York Herald
1893-1901, and as art editor of the satirical periodical The Moon
(1902-03). He was appointed chief illustrator of the Toronto Star
(1905) and art director of Toronto Star Weekly
(1910), before launching a free-lance career. He also taught at the School of Architecture, U of T, 1911-39. Jefferys is one of the most frequently reproduced of Canadian illustrators and is best known for his "visual reconstructions" of Canadian history.
Théâtre de Neptune
First play in Canada, 1606, imaginary reconstruction by C.W. Jeffreys, pen and black ink over pencil on cardboard (National Archives of Canada/C-106968).
C.W. Jefferys, Dramatic Episodes in Canada's Story (1930), Canada's Past in Pictures (1934) and Picture Gallery of Canadian History (3 vols, 1942-50); Robert Stacey, Charles William Jefferys: 1869-1951 (1976).
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Eric Peterson to be the voice of C.W. Jefferys
A brief note about Canadian actor Eric Peterson taking on the voice of C.W. Jefferys in “C.W. Jefferys: Picturing Canada,” a film that explores Canadian identity through the story of the landmark historical illustrator and landscape painter. From CineFocus Canada.
C.W. Jefferys: Picturing Canada
See a brief video clip about influential pioneer Canadian artist C.W. Jefferys. From cinefocus.com.