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Fonds AM1450 - John Girvan fonds

Ceiling decoration in the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building Christian painting of sainted shepherd and a lamb Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of the Broadway theatre Interior of a living room Interior of Patricia Theatre Interior of Patricia Theatre Interior of Patricia Theatre Interior of Patricia Theatre Interior of Capitol theatre Interior of unidentified theatre Interior of unidentified theatre Interior of Strand theatre Interior of Strand theatre Interior of Strand theatre Interior of Strand theatre Interior of Strand theatre Decorators at work on stage set Backdrop painting of a landscape Backdrop painting of trees a wall and column Backdrop painting of plants and windows Exterior of unidentified theatre Exterior of Rialto theatre Exterior of Rialto theatre Interior of Rialto theatre Interior of unidentified theatre Detail of ceiling relief molding Holy Rosary Cathedral vestibule and altar Interior of unidentified restaurant Interior of unidentified hotel dining room Interior of unidentified hotel lobby area and dining room Dining room of Hotel Vancouver Vestibule of Mount Pleasant chapel Vestibule of Mount Pleasant chapel Canopy and model train Interior of unidentified restaurant and confectioners Lobby and reception of Plaza hotel Interior of Civic theatre Interior of Civic theatre Lobby of Civic theatre Lobby of Civic theatre Entrance to Civic theatre Interior of unidentified theatre Exterior of Capital theatre Exterior of Capital theatre Interior of Roxy theatre
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John Girvan fonds

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AM1450

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  • [1890?]-1956 (Creation)
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    Girvan, John

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4.2 m of textual records and other material

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(1876-1957)

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John Girvan was born on May 3, 1876 to Catherine Cameron and Robert Girvan in Campbeltown, Scotland. He began his career as an apprentice painter under G. Hutchinson in Glasgow, Scotland from 1891 to 1897. John emigrated to Edmonton, Alberta in 1912 and shortly thereafter became a member of the Royal North West Mounted Police (R.N.W.M.P). In 1917, he joined the Canadian Armed forces and went overseas. From the time he moved to Edmonton, he worked in his profession as a painter/decorator. In 1924, John and his family moved to Vancouver where he continued to operate Girvan Studios until his retirement in 1956. John briefly taught sign painting at the Edmonton Technical School in 1922 and interior decorating at the Vancouver School of Art from around 1937 to 1940. He was a member of the Royal Scottish Society of the Arts, the Incorporated Institute of British Decorators, the Vancouver Rotary Club, and the Legion of Frontiersmen.

John Girvan was married to Grace Robb McGill and had two sons, Robert and James. He died on January 21, 1957 at 80 years of age.

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Fonds reflects John Girvan's career as a painter and decorator, as well as records relating to his family and background. Girvan's design project records include: renderings, photographs, invoices, correspondence, stencils, and sketchbooks. His personal records include: correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, certificates, awards, drawings, books, publications, and other material. Records are arranged in series by format; except in the case of textual records, which are divided into two series: business records and personal records.

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