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Henry George Crumplin (Harry)

c1885 - January 1 1953

B.C. Society of Fine Arts

Henry George Crumplin was an early exhibitor in Vancouver, having work in the 1916 B.C. Society of Fine Arts annual exhibition, and he continued to show his work for many years, up until 1952.

He exhibited work in the 1944 and 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The "Greenhill Park" was a Second World War Victory ship, built in 1944 at Burrard Dry Docks, that exploded and burned at CPR Pier B in Vancouver harbour on March 6 1945. Eight people were killed in the blast, which broke windows throughout downtown Vancouver. The subsequent fire on the ship took fourteen hours to extinguish.

The artist was living in Vancouver in 1945. Crumplin exhibited three paintings in the 1948 Stanley Park in Pictures exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, although the list of exhibitors gives one listing for H.T. Crumplin, probably a typo.

He exhibited artwork in the B.C. Artists' exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1944 to 1952.

He exhibited artwork with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts from 1950 - 1952

He had a solo exhibition at the VAG in 1950.

Crumplin died in Vancouver in 1953 at the age of 67, according to B.C. Vital Statistics on-line.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1950 Feb. 14 - Mar. 5 Circus, Play & Other Paintings VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Valley near Wellington, V.I.
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Assembling Landing Barges
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Show at Cambie Street Grounds
Rain Squall
1945 ? - ? FCA   B.C. Artists Selections from 14th Ann. Rain Squall
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work Repairing the "Greenhill Park"
Longshoremen
1946 Aug. 13 - 25 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures The Legend of Siwash Rock
Old Frank Harris House
Picnic in Stanley Park on Summer Day
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Merry-go-Round, Cambie St. Grounds
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Merry-go-round
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Disaster
Wet Streets, Evening
1948 July 27 - Aug. 15 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Park Excursion
Evening in June
Pavilion Lunch
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Midway
Wet Night
1949 July 12 - July 31 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures The Park and the City
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Circus
Circus Impression
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Evening, False Creek
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Fast and Furious

References

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"H. Crumplin has one of the best little "bits" - No 88 (?) "Old Country Scene" - that we remember to have seen. It is far superior to his "Fishing Boats", No. 86 (?)."
      From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
      Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916


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