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Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 painting : oil on canvas
Support: cm
Platemark: cm
Inventory no.: op0083

Scope and content

Item consists of a portrait of Sir Sandford Fleming, 1892 by John Wycliffe Lowes Forester.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Physical access restricted due to medium
. No restrictions on use for reproduction or publication
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-001652
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
OP-0083 Item no. assigned by LAC 1
90: Open
Other accession no.
1951-566 PIC

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1951-566-1
Copyright: Expired

Biography / Administrative history

Sir Sandford Fleming emigrated from Scotland in 1845 and completed his engineering education in Canada. By 1857 he was engineer-in-chief of the Ontario Northern Railway. In 1863 the Canadian government appointed him chief surveyor of a proposed route for the intercolonial railway linking the Canadas to the Maritime colonies. He subsequently became chief engineer of the Intercolonial. In 1871 the Canadian Pacific Railway Company chose Fleming to direct the construction of the transcontinental railway.

As a distinguished scientist, he was the prime advocate of the adoption of an international system of standard time and wrote many scientific monographs. He also worked privately for the cause of imperial unity, and designed the first Canadian postage stamp. The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1985 p. 648.

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in brushpoint and red oil, recto l.l.: JWL FORSTER (complete transcription)

Subject heading

Fleming, Sandford, Sir, 1827-1915


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