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Bruce Family fonds

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  • 1832-1927

The fonds consists of papers, sketches, drawings, and photographs associated with William Bruce and his son William Blair Bruce. Series one is William Bruce and series two is William Blair Bruce.

Untitled pencil sketch

This may be a preliminary sketch for the oil painting entitled “Time Passes” painted around 1883-1884.

Two images of the Battle of Stoney Creek

Written in the lower right corner “Preliminary sketches by W. Blair Bruce for the Battle of Stoney Creek before he went to study in Paris and on that account he never finished the picture after designing it. W Bruce”

Unidentified photo

Students in art school class (Hamilton Art School) located on the second floor above the Hamilton Public Library which occupied those rooms from January 1890 to September 1909. Fred H. Sharp photographer stamped on the back.

Transcribed Pages

6 handwritten pages transcribing an article entitled “Criticism of Blair Bruce’s work at his Stockholm Exhibition.” Transcription is incomplete.


Programme for the unveiling of the Blair Bruce Memorial Plaque, Monday August 10 (probably 1964).


Photocopied letter from Richard Apted to Miss Farmer regarding the proposed plaque for William Bruce Memorial. Dated April 23, 1964.

List of paintings

Photocopied list of paintings by William Blair Bruce presented to the City of Hamilton.


Letter from the Art Gallery of Hamilton to Bell Bruce Walkden December 12, 1953 inviting her to the opening of the new gallery.


Letter together with envelope from Carl Benedicks to Bell Bruce Walkden dated Sept 27, 1951


Letter together with envelope from Carl Benedicks to Bell Bruce Walkden (sister of Blair Bruce) August 5, 1937


Letter written by William Blair Bruce to his mother and father on December 12, 1897 concerning news of the day. Transcription copy with original.

Copy of Mutual Will and Testament

Translated copy of Mutual Will and Testament of William Blair Bruce and his wife Carolina Maria Bruce, nee Benedicks. Written December 10, 1888.


Written by William Blair Bruce around 1886 proposing an art union.


Letter written by William Blair Bruce on Sept 30, 1886 about paying visitors to support an art union.

A poem inscribed to Mrs. W. Bruce

The letters of which are made to look like the bark of a tree. Poem written by John Glasgow, 1880. Decorated with flowers and scroll work. Formal italic hand.

Text in French dialect

Dragon upper right side, flowers down the side across the bottom and top. Two gold lines for a frame. Versal blue “O” with gold background. Carolingian hand.

Poem titled Capri

Done in red lettering, ivy leaves with blue branches surrounding the word. Three red capitals, three blue capitals, border lines of red and gold, small ivy leaves throughout poem and at bottom. Carolingian hand.

Flowered border

Along top: pink flowers, along left side: gold flowers, right side: gold flowers, bottom: blue flowers.

Straight line border with small curves inward

Straight line border with small curves inward, two in the middle of the border line and one at the bottom margin. Line curves outward at top with swirls of blue leaves and two red flowers on either side. Two gold semi-circles on the inside at th...

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