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Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Oliver Brigden (1886-1972)

Commercial artist.

Born in England, Brigden came to Canada as an apprentice with the Brigden firm in Toronto. In 1914 he was sent to manage Brigden’s in Winnipeg, which he quickly made into a major commercial art producer in the Canadian West. Brigden’s employed many young Canadian artists. The firm specialized in catalogues, both of hard goods and of fashion articles. Brigden was for many years a member of the Winnipeg School of Art’s Art Committee. He retired from the business in 1956. His wide-ranging art collection is now a basis of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

See also:

The Brigden Collection: A Winnipeg Centennial Exhibition by Winnipeg Art Gallery (1974).

“Business, Art andLabour: Brigden’s and the Growth of the Graphic Arts Industry, 1870-1959” by Angela Davis (PhDdissertation, University of Manitoba, 1986).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2020

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