|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
It was cast with a date of 1911 in England by Elkington & Company Ltd., a company who started their business in the 1830s. Most of their work was not cast bronze work like this, and 1911 is one of the latest dates known for a bronze casting by them.
In 1910 Marega wrote at least two articles for Mitton's Home Builder, a local magazine published by local architect E. Stanley Mitton.
A short biography of Marega was published in The Gold Stripe, Volume One, printed just before Christmas 1918. Marega also had photographs of his sculpture illustrated on the cover of both that issue and The Gold Stripe, Volume Two in 1919. There were also illustrations of his work, including "Their Name Liveth Evermore" in 1919.
In 1921, for reasons now apparently unknown, he sold his house, and plaster business to Alimando Fabri, and he and his wife moved back to Europe, also traveling to South Africa and South America. Two years later in 1923 they moved back to Vancouver, where they rented a house or apartment for the rest of their stay.
Alfredo Dalfo was born in Pittsburgh in 1905, to Italian-born parents. The family moved to Vancouver around 1912. The 1925 City Directory lists him as "artist" living at 622 Union Street. The City Directory for 1926 lists him as Marega's apprentice; as his modelmaker in 1927; as his apprentice in 1928; as his shop hand in 1929; and as his helper in 1931. In 1945 he married Rose Iaci in Vancouver, his occupation noted as "model maker" and "Owner of model shop."
Marega was comissioned to do a relief panel above the main entrance to the Vancouver Technical School on Broadway, designed in 1928 by Townley and Matheson.
Marega exhibited at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1930, representing the Palette and Chisel Club. He also exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts from 1932 to 1934. Marega was one of only three local artists to display work in The Founders Collection, the first exhibition held at the Vancouver Art Gallery when it opened in October 1931.
822 Hornby Street
Telephone Seymour 2494
April 18 1932
Mr. W. Dalton
Dear Mr. Dalton
It is my intention to exhibit at the Can. Ex. one bust and one statue.
|1909 Oct. - Nov.||Vancouver Studio Club Autumn Exhibition||(wax figures)|
|1910 May||BCSFA Third Exhibition||Sculpture|
|1911 November||BCSFA Fall Exhibition||The Evening of Life (Tolstoy)|
|1912 Nov. 25 - 30||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||Dr. McLoughlin|
|1915 April||BCSFA Works by Members||The Miser|
|How to get the vote!|
|Sketch for Pauline Johnston Memorial|
|1916 Sept. ? - ?||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||Mrs. Bertha Marega (bust)|
|Sir Charles Tupper (bust)|
|1917 Sept. 14 - 22||BCSFA Eleventh Exhibition||A Comrade's Last Tribute|
|Doing Her Bit|
|1924 Aug. 9 - 16||Vancouver Exhibition Annual Exhibition||The Wounded Soldier|
|1926 Nov. 6 - 20||Palette and Chisel Club First Exhibition||(comic statuette)|
|Pauline Johnson death mask|
|1928 Feb 18 - Mar 18||Palette and Chisel Club Exhibition||Mussolini (Mask)|
|Comic Stories (Grotesques)|
|Comic Stories (Grotesques)|
|Frances Bursill (Impression)|
|1930 Aug. 6 - 16||VanExh Oil Paintings & Water-colours||Mussolini - Bronzed Concrete|
|Squamish Indian, Bronzed Plaster|
|Christ - Plaster|
|1931 October 5 - ?||VAG The Founder's Collection||T.W. Fripp, Artist (Bronze)|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||The Wounded Soldier|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Bernard McEvoy|
|1933 May 20 - 31||VAG Palette & Chisel Club Exhibition||The Prospector|
|Indian Totem Pole Carver|
|Squaw with Papoose|
|Indian Basket Seller|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||The Day is Done|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Bas Relief in Bronze (Medallion)|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||BCSFA 26th Annual||Head of Squamish Indian|
|Totem Pole Carver|
|Indian Basket Seller|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||German Soldier (Caricature)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||T.W. Fripp|
VANCOUVER CITY SCHOOLS - TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT 1925
Includes Faculty photo and photo of Marega sculpture class at work.
THE PAINT BOX Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1926
44 pages, illust. black & white. Art, articles, humour, advertisements, student addresses
Student Annual of the Vancouver School of Decorative & Applied Arts
Includes "Sculpture", extracts from a lecture given by Marega before the B.C. Art League
Class reports: "Modelling Class" by Frances Gatewood
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM - NORTHWEST ARTISTS EXHIBITIONS 1914 - 1975
Refer to NWA BC artists by exhibition
Refer to NWAA BC artists alphabetically
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER (refer to UBC72)
A GUIDE TO SCULPTURE IN VANCOUVER (refer to GSV80)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
Short biography, eight references
A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to
Numerous references to Marega, photographs, etc.
LION'S GATE by Lilia D'Acres & Donald Luxton
1998, ISBN 0-88922-416-1; 178 pages, published by Talon Books
Illustrated throughout; good information on Marega and the Lions.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
2 references cited for Marega: Macdonald and WWNA above.
PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER - ANGELS AMONG LIONS (refer to PAV09)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1915, 1922, 1925, 1932 (refer to DIR)
Peggy Imredy fond at Vancouver City Archives Fond AM1416
Contains correspondence with Marega and various other people and organizations.
Includes biographical summaries of Marega by Peggy Imredy for various events and publications.
Includes approx. 700 black & white negatives of Marega, his wife, and his work.
(Note: negatives are not listed separately, and there is no identification or date for any of them)
BC SOCIETY OF FINE ARTS fond at Vancouver City Archives
BC ART LEAGUE fond at Vancouver City Archives
Italian Cultural Centre Charles Marega 150th Anniversary series of exhibitions:
"Having in childhood taken my first steps in a sculptor's
studio - having been constantly associated with the plastic art all my life - it
is particularly pleasant to welcome to Vancouver a sculptor, Mr.
C. Mareges, (sic) who is represented by little realistic groups in wax. These have the
right feeling, a directness and life which reminds one of Geo. Tinworth, but there is
every indication that the sculptor is capable of broader and more ambitious work - which
I shall be glad to see."
From "The Studio Club Autumn Exhibition" by "Felix Penne"
B.C. Saturday Sunset, October 30 1909
"Nor though have we spoken chiefly of painting, must we forget the sculptor Marega ..."
From "Art in British Columbia" by Bernard McEvoy
Opportunities Magazine, 1910
"How the Sculptor's Work Gives Character to the Home" by Charles Marega
From Mitton's Home Builder, Volume 1 Number 1, March c1910
Vancouver City Archives fond AM1416.
"Artistic Garden Ornaments" by Charles Marega
From Mitton's Home Builder, Volume 1 Number 3, May c1910
Vancouver City Archives fond AM1416.
"The statuette, "Tolstoi on His Last Journey," by Mr. Marega, the only
sculptural exhibit, is a work of magnificent feeling."
From "Some Pictures by B.C. Artists" by A.N. St. John Mildmay
News Advertiser, November 21 1911
"A small figure of Tolstoy, entitled "The Evening of Life," by
C. Marega, is executed in plasticine, and evoked much admiration."
From "Fine Arts Society Makes Fine Exhibit"
Vancouver Daily World, November 23 1911
"Thousands Witness Unveiling of Memorial to the Late King"
Vancouver Sun, May 7 1912
"There is only one exhibit of sculpture, namely that of Mr. C. Marega who contributes
a portrait bust of his wife, remarkable for its vivacity, and said by those who know
to be an excellent likeness; and a smaller bust of the late Right Hon. Sir Charles
Tupper. Considering the disadvantages under which the artist labored in having to work
only from photographs in this latter subject, he must be credited with a very satisfactory
measure of success, the characteristics of the distinguished subject being brought out
with a masterly vigor."
From "With The B.C. Artists" by "A Visitor"
Vancouver Province, September 27 1916
"Among members who have had the advantage of European training in the
continental schools are ... C. Marega (Rome, Florence, and Paris) ... "
From "Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts" by Bernard McEvoy
Studio Magazine. London England, February 15 1918
"The committees which will be recommended to the League were named as follows:
... C. Marega ... "
From "B.C. Art League Committees Are Active"
Western Woman's Weekly, October 9 1920
"The League unanimously expressed its approval of the proposed memorial by
Mr. C. Marega, the sculptor, for erection over the grave of E. Pauline Johnson,
in Stanley Park."
From "Important Meeting of B.C. Art League"
Western Woman's Weekly, April 23 1921
"An energetic committee of which Mr. C. Marega is chairman, has the
matter to hand ..."
From "Coming Art School"
Vancouver Province, January 13 1925
"At the entrance Mr. C. Marega's versatile chisel
is seen in two comic statuettes, while further in the room is the pathetic and
beautiful face of Pauline Johnson in white marble, and in the last bay we came
to a bronze Pan of imaginative subtlety."
From "Palette and Chisel Club" by Diogenes
Vancouver Province, November 6 1926
"Art Vs. Beer In B.C."
Vancouver Province, January 28 1931
"Fripp Bust to be Presented"
Vancouver Sun, October 1931
"The only sculptor is Charles Marega."
From "BRITISH COLUMBIA ART - Significance of First "All British Columbia Show" by Harold Mortimer Lamb
Saturday Night, December 10 1932
"Bronze Figure of Vancouver to Rule Scene"
Vancouver Province, (?) August 22 1936
"Heroic Bronze By Marega Is Acclaimed"
Vancouver Sun, August 29 1936
"Lion In The Making"
Saturday Night, Toronto, November 26 1938
"Ingenious Device Helps Move Heavy Lions for Bridgehead"
Vancouver Sun, January 13 1939
"Lions Now Guard Bridge"
Vancouver Sun, January 23 1939
"To Guard Narrows Span"
Vancouver Province, January 23 1939
"Noted Local Sculptor Dies"
Vancouver Sun, March 25 1939
"Charles Marega Gained Fame for Many Works of Art Here"
Vancouver Province, March 25 1939
"Charles Marega, Noted Sculptor, Succumbs"
(unknown newspaper), March 25 1939
"Funeral Of Famed Sculptor Tuesday"
Vancouver Province, March 27 1939
"The Society membership has been constantly strengthened in the succeeding years
by the addition of other members, which included in the early years ... the noted sculptor
Marega ... "
From "B.C. Society of Artists - A History" by J.D. Parker
B.C. Society of Fine Arts 40th Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 1950
"Vancouver Monuments" by Leonard W. Meyers (David Oppenheimer bust)
Vancouver Sun, February 14 1953
"Vancouver Monuments" by Leonard W. Meyers (King Edward VII fountain)
Vancouver Sun, February 21 1953
"Vancouver Monuments" by Leonard W. Meyers (Harding memorial)
Vancouver Sun, April 11 1953
"Vancouver Monuments" by Leonard W. Meyers (Joe Fortes fountain)
Vancouver Sun, April 18 1953
"Vancouver Monuments" by Leonard W. Meyers (Captain Vancouver statue)
Vancouver Sun, May 16 1953
"City Fountain 'Sore Thumb' So It's Kicked Down Drain" by Keith Bradbury
Vancouver Sun, April 28 1966
"Lionizing Sculptor Charles Marega" by Don McLellan, photography Kate Williams
Article with five illustrations of Marega's work.
Beautiful British Columbia Traveller magazine, pages 20, 24, 29, Fall 1995
Article on Marega, SCOUT online May 28 2018