Walter John Douglas Duncalfe

September 11 1909 - January 1984

Atelier Sketch Club

Douglas Duncalfe was born in Victoria c1909. In 1937 he married Alison Elizabeth Fairlie, another artist, in Vancouver at Christ Church Cathedral. He was living on West Pender Street in Vancouver. The 1937 City Directory lists him as a Commercial Artist.

He exhibited work in a number of the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He was a member of the Atelier Sketch Club, a group formed by art students taking Evening Classes at the Vancouver School of Art. The group put together exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1940 to at least 1949.

The 1940 City Directory lists him as artist, with "Eliz" living at 763 Nicola in Vancouver's West End.

In 1943 he was noted as living in San Francisco, California.

He later exhibited in the 1948 Annual Exhibition of the Atelier Sketch Club. He was listed as a Guest in the exhibition catalogue, his address given as "Vancouver and New York".

Duncalfe died in California in 1984.


1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Mexican
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Self Portrait, No. 1
Self Portrait, No. 2
1936 Oct. 15 - 20 VAG   B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition Self Portrait, No. 1
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Persian
Wrath of God
The Artist
1940 April 2 - 14 Atelier Sketch Club   Group exhibition The Persian
G. Broomfield
Self Portrait
California Street
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Early Morning Light
Night Must Fall
The Ascent
1948 Mar. 23 - Apr. 1 Atelier Sketch Club   9th Annual Exhibition The Skull


B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE marriage (refer to BCVS) (Bower Family genealogy online)


"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... Douglas Duncalfe ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

"Congratulations are due to the Atelier Sketch Club for their ambitious exhibition. This self-organized group of evening school students are meeting every Friday in the Holden building and an invitation is extended to all students to join."
      "Evening School", by Fred Amess
      From Behind The Palette, Vancouver School of Art Annual 1939-40

"Art Group, Youth Share City Gallery"
      Daily Province April 4 1940

"Atelier Sketch Club Takes A Bow"
      News Herald April 3 1940

"Ex-members including D. Duncalfe of San Francisco have contributed work to the show ... "
      From "Office, Shipyard Workers Find Relaxation In Drawing"
      Vancouver News Herald April 17 1943