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VALENTINE FANSHAW. The Few Survivors, 1928. John Crabb collection

VALENTINE FANSHAW, b. 1878, Sheffield, England, studied in London and Antwerp, came to Canada 1912, d. in Winnipeg, 1960. Fanshaw may have influenced Walter Phillips, eight years his junior, who arrived in Winnipeg from England a year after Fanshaw. Whatever is the case, Phillips quickly surpassed him. Fanshaw's art tends to be well-designed rather than inspired and lacks Phillips richness of colour or A. C. Leighton's deft drawing.


TERRY FENTON