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Memorable Manitobans: Victor Albert Long (1866-1938)

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Victor Albert Long
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Artist.

Born at Fort Erie, Ontario on 24 May 1866, son of Richard and Anne Long, he was educated the St. Catharines College Institute and Trinity College Dublin. He studied painting at Munich, Germany and travelled all over the world, engaged in painting. He returned to Canada in 1887 and opened a Winnipeg studio at 383 Main Street where he specialized in portraits of anyone, regardless of status. He also approached the city and province offering to paint large portraits of public figures such as mayors, premiers and speakers at a deeply discounted price in exchange for them being prominently displayed. Long soon found that he was able to live on his income as an artist, one of the first in the city to do so.

Hundreds of Long’s portraits hang in legislatures, city halls, universities, and other institutions across the West. His most accessible local works include portraits of a number of Winnipeg’s early mayors in the public gallery of the city council chambers as well as Alexander Carnegie’s portrait and landscapes of Fort Garry and Fort Douglas at the Millennium Library.

On 17 January 1902, he married Alexandra Victoria Hughes (1875-?) at Brandon, and he had two children: Winifred Long (b 1894) and John Alexander Long (b 1904). In 1910, the family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia but each summer Long would take a train back to Winnipeg, collecting new commissions at stops along the route. He would ship the completed works from his Vancouver studio.

He died at Vancouver on 18 December 1938. His correspondence relating to Manitoba political portraits (1915-1927) is in the Archives of Manitoba.

His portraits in Manitoba included:

Subject

Year

Location

Prince Albert

c1900

Archives of Manitoba

James Bryson Baird (1859-1939)

1917

Legislative Building

Curtis James Bird (1838-1876)

1915

Legislative Building

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

1905

Winnipeg Millennium Library

Henry Joseph Hynes Clarke (1833-1889)

?

Legislative Building

Francis Evans “Frank” Cornish (1831-1878)

?

?

Thomas Mayne Daly (1852-1911)

1902

?

Robert Atkinson Davis (1841-1903)

?

Legislative Building

Joseph Dubuc (1840-1914)

1915

Legislative Building

King Edward VII

1887-1900

Legislative Building

Marc Amable Girard (1822-1892)

?

Legislative Building

David Glass (1829-1906)

1916

Legislative Building

Thomas Greenway (1838-1908)

?

Legislative Building

David Howard Harrison (1843-1905)

?

?

William Hespeler (1830-1921)

1916

Legislative Building

Samuel Jacob Jackson (1848-1942)

1916

Legislative Building

James Johnson (1855-1929)

1915

Legislative Building

Albert Clements Killam (1849-1908)

1901

Winnipeg Law Courts Building

John Mark King (1829-1899)

1907

John M. King School

John Leslie (1852-1915)

1887

Legislative Building

Phoebe Leslie (1860-1945)

1887

Legislative Building

Hugh John Macdonald (1850-1929)

?

Legislative Building

Queen Mary

c1900

Legislative Building

James McKay (1828-1879)

1916

Legislative Building

Gilbert McMicken (1813-1891)

1915

Legislative Building

Alexander Morris (1826-1889)

1909

Winnipeg Law Courts Building

Alexander “Sandy” Murray (1839-1913)

1916

Legislative Building

John Norquay (1841-1889)

?

Legislative Building

Tobias Crawford Norris (1861-1936)

?

Legislative Building

John Harrison O’Donnell (1838-1912)

1915

Legislative Building

John Palmerston Robertson (1841-1919)

1919

Legislative Library of Manitoba

Rodmond Palen Roblin (1853-1937)

?

Legislative Building

Joseph Royal (1837-1902)

1916

Legislative Building

Queen Victoria

1887-1900

Legislative Building

John Wright Sifton (1833-1912)

1915

Legislative Building

Lewis Wallbridge (1816-1887)

?

Winnipeg Law Courts Building

Richard Deans Waugh (1868-1938)

1908

Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Finlay McNaughton Young (1852-1916)

1916

Legislative Building

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

A portrait of artist Victor Long, West End Dumplings blog.

Artists in Canada: Long, Victor Arthur, Portrait Gallery of Canada.

We thank Rachelle Ross and Lisa Desilets for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2017

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