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Archibald Macdonald Duff Fairbairn
(also Fairburn, Fairbain)

February 6 1883 -

American Water Colour Society (Member, 1929)

Archibald M.D. Fairbairn was born in East London, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. He was a pupil of Frank Dicksee, London, England. He also studied in South Africa, Germany, and England. He was a free lance artist, who painted in watercolour, tempera, and oil, as well as drawing in pen & ink and charcoal.

He came to Canada in 1913, and married Christina K.E. Mecredy (Neeredy?) on December 28 1916 in Cranbrook, B.C. He exhibited with the Island Arts and Crafts Society between 1916 and 1935.

A portrait of Fairbairn by Ina D.D. Uhthoff was exhibited in the 1929 21st Annual exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts.

He exhibited at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1930, representing the Island Arts and Crafts Society. He also exhibited in the 1941 B.C. Artists annual exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 1941 he was living in Victoria. B.C. Vital Statistics notes that he married Norah Helen M. Mengens in Victoria on September 12 1934.

FAIRBAIRN, Archibald Macdonald, Duff, A.W.S.
Born in South Aftrica, February 6, 1883, son of William A.S. Fairbairn of East London, South Africa and Anna Georgina (Smith) Fairbairn. Educated City of London School, London; Leipsic, Germany; and University of Cape of Good Hope. Articled as law student with Drake, Hammer and Orsmond, East London, South Aftrica, 1902; admitted to practise as attorney-at-law, etc., 1910; practised at Johannesburg, Transvaal. Came to Canada 1913; entered service of the provincial government of British Columbia, 1915; appointed private secretary to His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia in 1936. Married, Katherine, daughter of T.T. Neeredy, 1916; has two sons. Mr Fairbairn has studied painting in England, Germany and America and has exhibited in many exhibitions including that of the American Water Colour Society and the New York Water Colour Society (1929). Appointed member of American Water Colour Society (1929). Has also written and published or produced a number of short plays, short stories, etc. Recreations: tennis and hiking. Residence: 960 Joan Crescent, Victoria, B.C.

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39 (see below)

A.M.D. Fairbairn is listed in Artists in Canada as living in Vancouver, B.C. in 1944. His date of death is not listed on B.C. Vital Statistics on-line as of 2015.


Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1930 Aug. 6 - 16 VanExh   Oil Paintings & Water-colours A Backwater - Knight's Inlet
Summer Golf
Van Courtland Park, New York
Siwash and Canoe
1933 Mar. 3 - 15 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Landscape
Mountain Scene
Landscape
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual The Dugout, Thompson River, Kamloops

References

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1937-38-39
      A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
      S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
      Copyright 1939, printed by The Robson Printers, Vancouver B.C.
      208 pages, hardcover; name index (8 pages), biographies (196 pages), obits. (4 pages)

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

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

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Fairbairn: WWNA above.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

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

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