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James Blomfield (born James Alfred Bloomfield) was born in 1872 in Maidenhead, England. He studied architecture and worked as a junior draftsman before emigrating to Canada with his family in 1887. In 1889, they moved to New Westminster, where he, his father Henry, and his younger brother Charles opened British Columbia's first art glass business. The Bloomfields designed, fabricated and installed numerous stained glass projects, including windows for the new Parliament Buildings, Government House and Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. In 1898, they opened an office in Vancouver. In 1902, James married Mary Diamond of Belleville, Ontario, and in 1907 they left Vancouver for the United States. In 1920, they moved to Toronto, where he sketched and painted many local scenes. Mary died in 1930, while James lived until 1951. Edgar was born in 1868, and arrived in Vancouver in 1891, where he opened a law practice and eventually, he became a partner in Wilson, Senkler and Bloomfield. He had a daughter, Joan, who worked for the British wartime government. Edgar died in 1937.