Reviews of publications and lectures; biographical notices
and obituaries of Ramsay Traquair.
Byzantine Churches in Constantinople (P7)
||Review in Athenaeum no. 4435 (26 Oct. 1912):
||Review in Studio 57 (Jan. 1913): 349.
||Review in English Historical Review 28 (April
||Review in Spectator 110 (19 April 1913): 658.
||Review in American Historical Review 18 (July
||Excerpts from reviews above (S1 -S5) in Book Review
Digest 9 (1913): 537-538.
||"Professor Traquair." Old McGill 18 (1915): 167.
Notes the attributes that a man of Traquair's ability and experience
brings to the department of Architecture, McGill University and
the artistic community at large.
||"Contributors to the April Number." Canadian Bookman
n.s 1, no.2 (April 1919): 88.
It was quite common during this period for the Canadian periodical
press to provide biographical data on contributors. This information
often changes with each article published and acts as a useful guide
to the author's current interests and activities. Other periodicals
practising similar policies to that of the Canadian Bookman
and to which Traquair contributed include the Journal of the
Royal Architectural Insitute of Canada (JRAIC), Canadian Homes and
Gardens and Canadian Geographical Journal.
|| "Ramsay Traquair." Who's Who in Canada. Toronto:
International Press, 1921-1953/54.
This series of biographies reflects the gradually changing interests
and priorities of the biographee as well as the reported achievements.
||Fyfe, Theodore. "Correspondence" (Letter to the Editor,
dated 31 January 1928) JRIBA ser. 3, 35, no. 7 (11 Feb. 1928):
A positive response to Traquair's "Origin of the Pendentive."
||"City of Edinburgh Lecture Subject." Montreal Daily
Star, 22 January 1930, p. 38.
||"Edinburgh Subject of Fine Lecture." Montreal Gazette,
23 January 1930, p. 4. (McGill University Scrapbooks 7, p. 56).
"Art and Religion"(L50)
||"Importance of Art in Religion Shown: Natural Connection
From Earliest Times Explained by Professor Traquair." Montreal
Gazette, 10 February 1930, p. 5.
"New Trends in Pictorial and Sculptural Art" (L51)
||"Artistic Attitude is Often Changed: All Arts Affected
in Time Prof. R. Traquair Declares." Montreal Daily Star, 3
March 1930, p. 2. (McGill University Scrapbooks 7, p. 71).
|| "Canadian Painting is not 'Advanced': `Wild' Canadian
Artists are Really Very Tame, Prof. Traquair States." Montreal
Gazette, 3 March 1930, p. 7. (McGill University Scrapbooks 7,
"Some Old Quebec Houses" (L52)
|| "Historic Buildings are Disappearing: Neglect of Citizens
to Preserve Old Houses of Former Regime Regretted." Montreal Gazette,
15 January 1931, p. 15. (McGill Univerity Scrapbooks 7, p. 185).
||"Old Houses Here Lack Protection: Prof. Traquair Speaks
in Art Gallery of Historical Edifices." Montreal Daily Star,
15 January 1931, p. 45.
|| "Must be Moratorium, Professor Believes: Professor
Traquair Returns From Europe." Unidentified Montreal Newspaper, Summer
1931. (McGill University Scrapbooks 7, p. 222).
Concerns the one-year moratorium on inter-governmental departmental
debts declared in 1931 to allow Germany to recover its financial
|| Bovey, Wilfrid. Canadien: A Study of the French
Canadians. Toronto: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1933.
In the chapter entitled "Art and Architecture" Bovey discusses the
"real and authentic art" of French Canada and credits Traquair and
Neilson among others with the new knowledge and appreciation (p.
|| "`Jay-Walking' For Safety." (Editorial) Montreal
Star, 22 September 1933, p. 10. (McGill University Scrapbooks
7, p. 486).
Traquair introduces a relatively new expression to Montreal and
suggests a change in the traffic light system.
"The Master Sculptors of French Canada" (L54)
|| Asselin, Olivar. "A propos d'une conférence."
Le Canada, 27 janvier 1934, p. 2.
An editorial announcing the lecture. "Ces églises . . . auraient
complètement disparu si précisément les anglo-protestants
comme M. Ramsay Traquair ne nous en avaient révélé
le mérite artistique."
||* Anger, Paul. "L'Actualité : M. Traquair à
l'Université de Montréal." Le Devoir, 29 Janvier
1934, p. 1.
Columns two and three reprinted under the title (Architecture et
. . . bon goût." Le Terroir 15, nos. 10-11 (mars-avril
Column one in the original article announces the lecture and presents
Traquair to the readers.
|| Vaillancourt, Émile. "Anciens sculpteurs et
architectes." Le Terroir 15, no. 9 (fév. 1934): 10-11.
Provides the text of Vaillancourt's address following Traquair's
|| "M. R. Traquair nous révéle [sic] un
patrimoine artistique oublié : Des architectes et des sculpteurs
ont créé un art canadien-francais : Conférence
à l'ACFAS: Par ignorance et négligence nous avons détruit
des chefs-d'oeuvre." Le Canada, 31 janvier 1934, pp. 12, 6.
|| "La Sculpture au Canada français : Intéressante
causerie du professeur Traquair." Le Devoir, 31 janvier 1934,
Traquair drew "un auditoire très nombreux qui remplissait
complètement le grand amphithéatre".
|| "Notes. 'The Master Sculptors of French Canada' .
. . JRAIC 11, no. 2 (Feb. 1934): 35.
|| Deligny, Louis (pseudonym of Olivier Maurault) "La
Leçon de M.Traquair." L'Action nationale, no. 3 (mars
1934): 158-160. (S27)
Maurault traces the published studies concerning art in French Canada
through Roy, Vaillancourt, Beaudoin [sic] to Gosselin.
||Venne, Émile. "L'Avenir de l'architecture religieuse
canadienne: à propos de quelques conférences." Revue
trimestrielle canadienne 20, no. 2 (juin 1934): 169-185.
A comparison of the points of view of Traquair and Dom Paul Bellot
concerning the future orientation of religious architecture in Quebec.
|| "National Flag of Canada Exists Now: Professor Ramsay
Traquair Cites Fact in Article in McGill News." Montreal Gazette,
16 June 1934, p. 10. illus. (McGill University Scrapbooks 8, p. 77).
||"New Alumni Crest for McGill Teams: Adoption of Special
Insignia Announced by University Graduate Society." Montreal Gazette,
3 April 1935, p. 4 (McGill University Scrapbooks 8, p. 190). (S30)
The new crest was designed by Ramsay Traquair.
"English Mediaeval Sculpture" (L55)
||"Culture of Today Found Too Bookish: Modern Man Out
of Touch with Art, Prof. Ramsay Traquair Says." Montreal Gazette,
5 December 1935, n.p. (McGill University Scrapbooks 8, p. 327). (S31)
For Traquair "it was only too common, today, to be educated without
being able to see."
||"Traquair, Ramsay;." Canadian Who's Who. Toronto:
Trans-Canada Press, 2 (1936-37); 5 (1949-51).
This series of biographies reflects the gradually changing interests
and priorities of the biographer as well as the reported achievements.
"Art and Architecture of Old Quebec" (L57)
||"Art and Architecture of Quebec Described: Prof. Traquhair
[sic] Addresses Club." Montreal Star, 15 December 1936,
p. 28. (McGill University Scrapbooks 8, p. 533). (S33)
|| Bovey, Wilfrid. The French Canadians Today: A People
on the March. Toronto: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1938.
In the chapter entitled "Onwards in the Arts" Bovey provides an
overview of past and present activities in the visual arts and clarifies
the contributions of Traquair as they concern "the work of the architects
and sculptors in wood." (p. 281).
"Architecture and Geography" (L58)
||"Prof. Traquair Criticizes Architecture." Montreal
Standard, 19 February 1938, p. 20. (McGill University Scrapbooks
9, p. 291).
"Instead of attempting to be cosmopolitan, architecture should accommodate
itself to the geography, climate and needs of the country, Prof.
|| "Local Architects and Given Medals: Five Receive Quebec
Association's Award at Annual Dinner." Montreal Gazette, 25
April 1939, p. 11. (McGill University Scrapbooks 9, p. 449).
The award winners were Jules Poivert, Ramsay Traquair, L.A. Amos,
William S. Maxwell and Percy E. Nobbs. Col. Wilfrid Bovey's address
to the Province of Quebec Association of Architects was entitled
"The Buildings and the Spirit of Quebec".
|| "Retiring: To Be Honored With Dinner: Veteran Occupant
of Chair at McGill Will Receive Gift." Montreal Star, 4 May
1939, p. 11. port. (McGill University Scrapbooks 9, p. 448).
|| "Traquair Retiring from McGill Post: Architecture
School Head Will Be Given Farewell Dinner Tomorrow." Montreal Gazette,
4 May 1939, p. 15. (McGill University Scrapbooks 9, p. 448).
". . . he is well known throughout North America for his research
studies in the history of French Canadian building styles."
||Wilson, P. Roy. "The Heavens weep with rain (or snow),
. . .". Ms.Farewell poem read by Bennett Pope on the occasion of Traquair's
retirement dinner, 5 May 1939.
|| "Prof. Traquair Paid Tribute: Head of McGill School
of Architecture Given Cupboard." Montreal Star, 6 May 1939,
p. 3. (McGill University Scrapbooks 9, p. 448).
|| "Many on Staff are Promoted at McGill." Montreal
Star, 29 May 1939, pp. 1, 11. (McGill University Scrapbooks 9,
Traquair is "appointed Emeritus Professor of Architecture, in recognition
of his long years of service to the university".
|| "Professor Traquair Honoured." McGill News 20, no.
3 (Summer 1939): 38. port.
Traquair was presented with an 18th century French-Canadian cupboard
at his retirement dinner, 5 May 1939.
|| Nobbs, Percy. E. "Ramsay Traquair, Hon. M.A. (McGill)
F.R.I.B.A. On his retirement from the Macdonald Chair in Architecture
at McGill University." JRAIC 16, no. 6 (June 1939): 147-148.
|| Brassard, Sylvio. L'Avenir de notre architecture."
Revue du Québec industriel 5, no. 2 (1940): 12-14.
Strongly supports the idea that the new architecture should reflect
the old traditions, and credits Traquair "qui me fit désirer
ardemment de revenir à la tradition de nos ancêtres."
The Old Silver of Quebec (P71*)
|| Gillingham, H.E. Review. Antiques (Boston)
39 (March 1941): 114.
|| Review in JRAIC 18, no. 3 (March 1941): 46.
|| H[ow], G.E.P. Review. Connoisseur 109 (June
|| Jones, E. Alfred. Review. Burlington Magazine
80, no. 471 (June 1942): 155.
||Bruchési, Jean. "A la recherche de nos oeuvres
d'art." Mémoires de la Société Royale du Canada.
sér. 3, 37 (1943): 25-32 plates.
Traces the awakening of interest in the artistic heritage of French
Canada and mentions the role played by Traquair (p. 26). Reports
on the projects of the "Inventaire des oeuvres d'art".
|| Parizeau, Marcel. "Provincial Page: Quebec." JRAIC
20, no. 2 (Feb. 1943): 26-27.
An animated response to the designs for farmhouses awarded prizes
in the competition sponsored by the Tourist Bureau and displayed
at the 52nd annual meeting of the Province of Quebec Association
of Architects, Quebec, 21 January 1943. "Le résultat met
en vedette l'enseignement du professeur Traquair" (p.26).
|| O'Reilly, John B. "Quebec's Most Interesting Building."
Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart 54, no. 5 (May 1944):
In the discussion on the Hôpital Général de
Québec the author describes Traquair as the "greatest living
authority on the architecture of its [Quebec's] old buildings and
manoirs." (p. 295)
The Old Architecture of Quebec (P76)
||Colgate, William. "Quebec Architecture [sic]
In the Old Tradition." Toronto Globe and Mail , 28 June 1947,
p. 40. illus.
See P77 for Traquair's response.
||Mathers, A.S. Review in JRAIC 24, no. 9 (Sept.
||Sise, Hazen. Review in Canadian Art 5, no. 3
(Winter 1948): 147-150. illus.
||Abell, Walter. Review in Magazine of Art (Washington)
42 (May 1949): 193.
||Blunt, Anthony. Review in Burlington Magazine
91 (July 1949): 209.
||"University Notes: Honours." McGill News 29, no. 4
(Summer 1948): 32.
Announces Traquair's honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal.
|| Maurault, Olivier. "M. Ramsay Traquair." 5p. ms.,
May 1948. (S58)
Text of the speech pronounced 28 May 1948 on the occasion when the
Université de Montréal conferred Traquair with an
||"Service Held for Prominent Architect." Montreal
Star, 28 August 1952, p. 30 port.
||"Ex-McGill Teacher, Ramsay Traquair, Buried in Maritimes."
Montreal Gazette, 29 August 1952, p. 24.
|| "Ramsay Traquair." Montreal Star, August 1952,
The editorial begins, "Prof. Ramsay Traquair did more than any man
to revive interest in French-Canadian architecture," and ends, "He
influenced more than one generation of architects along the lines
|| Bieler, Zoë. "Architecture: Quebec's Own Style."
[Toronto] Saturday Night, (30 August 1952): 32-33. illus.
According to Bieler, "It was through Ramsay Traquair's work that
many of the more prosperous and educated French Canadians relearnt
the value of their own cultural heritage." (p.32)
|| "Pay Last Respects to R. Traquair." Unidentified newspaper,
probably in Nova Scotia, n.d. (McGill University Scrapbooks 13, p.
|| "News Notes." Architectural Record 112 (Oct.
||* Matthews, T.H. "Ramsay Traquair 1874-1952." McGill
News 34, no. 1 (Winter 1952): 53-54. self-port. Reprinted without
self-portrait in JRAIC 29, no. 11 (Nov. 1952): 344.
"It is pleasant to think that the writings of a Scotsman at McGill
have helped to awaken the French of this province to the high quality
of their ancestors' work." (p. 53)
|| Gowans, Alan. Church Architecture in New France.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1955.
Pays tribute to Traquair's lasting and important contribution to
the field (pp. 7-8) and builds on the initial valuable studies in
the Appendix "A Catalogue Raisonné of Church Architecture
in New France, 1615-1760" (pp. 99-155).
||Gowans, Alan. Looking at Architecture in Canada. Toronto:
Oxford University Press, 1958.
Revised and reissued as Building Canada: An Architectural History
of Canadian Life, 1966. In the sections that deal with architecture
in New France the author retains Traquair's interpretation concerning
the vain search in France for a Quebec parish church (p. 41, 1958;
p. 22, 1966).
|| Cox, Leonard, and Smith, J. Harry, The Pen and Pencil
Club 1890-1959. Montreal: The Pen and Pencil Club, 1959.
Also found under the title of the first part, "Fifty years of brush
and pen." 1939. Provides a clear picture of the atmosphere of the
select club. The stated purpose remained unchanged from 1890 to
1959: "Social enjoyment and promotion of the Arts and Letters."
(p. ) Traquair was elected to membership 17 February 1917 (p.
), and was still actively participating in 1937.
||Langdon, John E. Canadian silversmiths and their
marks 1667-1867. Lunenburg, Vt., Stinehour Press, 1960.
|| Cox, Leonard. Portrait of a Club. Montreal:
Arts Club, 1962.
Traquair became a member 3 October 1913, (Annual Report in Minute
Book I). He was Vice-President in 1918 and President in 1919 (p.
26). The lectures he gave to the club were not consistently recorded.
(See L16, 1917; L17, 1918; L19, 1919, L41, 1926).
|| Krautheimer, Richard. Early Christian and Byzantine
Architecture. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965.
Through subsequent editions and revisions the author retains the
Van Millingen text (P7*) in his Selected Bibliography. He specifically
refers to that text and to Traquair's earlier work on the churches
of Western Mani (P5*) in Chapters 17 and 19.
|| Langdon, John E. Canadian silversmiths 1700-1900.
|| Bland, John. 'The Growth of the McGill University
School of Architecture.' ms. . (MUA Information File 991)
Describes the contexts of the appointments and the details of the
roles played by Capper, Nobbs, Traquair, Turner and Bland in the
history of the School since its founding in 1896.
||Trudel, Jean. Un chef-d'oeuvre de l'art ancien du
Québec: la chapelle des Ursulines. Québec: Les Presses
de l'Université Laval, 1972.
The author elaborates on the only prior study of the interior decoration
of the Chapel, that of Traquair and Neilson in 1937 (P65*) (p. 7).
Trudel concludes that the architectural compositon and decorative
vocabulary were derived from European models used in churches in
the provinces of France in the 17th century, but that the iconographical
programme followed the very precise requirements of the Ursulines
|| Kalman, Harold. "Recent Literature on the History
of Canadian Architecture.: Journal of the Society of Architectural
Historians 31, no. 4 (Dec. 1972): 315-323.
Provides a brief summary of the literature before 1960, in which
the work of both Traquair and Morisset is recognized, and presents
very useful analyses of almost all of the books and a number of
articles published between 1960 and 1972.
||Derome, Robert. Les orfèvres de Nouvelle-France:
Inventaire descriptif des sources. Ottawa: Galerie nationale du
||Gauthier-Larouche, Georges. Évolution de
la maison rurale traditionnelle dans la région de Québec
(Étude ethnographique). Québec: Les Presses de l'Université
Provides answers to a number of issues raised by Traquair in The
Cottages of Quebec (P30*) and The Old Architecture of Quebec
(P76). The particular response to Traquair's difficulty in dating
old houses is found in Appendice II "Clef pour déterminer
l'âge approximatif d'une maison traditionnelle." According
to the evolutionary scheme set up by the author it was the 1942
architectural competition of the Provincial Government that marked
the reappearance of the traditional form of the rural house. See
|| Trudel, Jean. Silver in New France. Ottawa:
National Gallery of Canada for the Corporation of the National Museum
of Canada, 1974.
Also published in French under the title L`Orfèvrerie
en Nouvelle-France. A catalogue of an exhibition organized by
the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
||"The Canadian Heritage of Quebec/L'Héritage
Canadien du Québec." Letter to Mrs. Bradshaw from Colin J.G.
Molson, President. Canadian Collector 9, no. 3 (May-June 1974):
Traces the history of the organization which was incorporated in
1960. Among the charter members were Alice Lighhall, Mabel Molson,
Colin J.G. Molson, David Stewart and P. Roy Wilson. They joined
forces to save the Hurtubise House (circa 1688) that was threatened
with destruction in 1955.
||McGill Faculty Club. A History of the McGill Faculty
Club. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1975.
Traquair was one of the charter members of the club, founded in
1923 and was President in 1934. W.D. Woodhead wrote one of his "Obituaries"
in honour of Traquair on his retirement in 1939 (pp. 49-50).
|| Wilson, P. Roy. The Beautiful Old Houses of Quebec.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1975.
The French edition is entitled Les Belles Vieilles Demeures du
Québec (Montreal: Hurtubise HMH, 1977). Wilson was one
of Traquair's students, graduating with his B.Arch. in 1924. Here
he is attempting to foster public interest in these houses, for,
as he writes "It is the only truly Canadian architecture we have
in this great country" (p.21).
|| Wallace, Arthur W. An Album of Drawings of Early
Buildings of Nova Scotia. Halifax: Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
and Nova Scotia Museum, 1976.
Wallace was one of Traquair's students, graduating with his B.Arch.
from McGill in 1926. He credits Traquair with prompting him to make
a more detailed record of the old buildings of Nova Scotia beginning
in 1924 (p. iv). In the 1930s Wallace published a series on "Colonial
Architecture in the Maritimes" in the Journal of the Royal Architectural
Institute of Canada. In 1976 he was actively involved with the
Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Architectural Conservancy of
Ontario (p. iii).
|| Moogk, Peter N. Building a house in New France. Toronto:
McClelland and Stewart, 1977.
An examination of the changing process of housebuilding as evidence
of changing popular values. Provides a parallel study to Gauthier-Larouche's
approach through the formal characteristics of the rural house (S74).
Transfers Traquair's approach to ecclesiastical buildings to the
humbler building type (pp. 11-12 n.1).
|| Noppen, Luc. Les églises du Québec
1600-1850. Québec: Éditeur officiel du Québec/Fides,
1977. (Collection Loisirs et Culture)
Elaborates on Pierre-Georges Roy's Les Vieilles églises
de la province de Québec (1647-1800), published by the
Commission des monuments historiques in 1925 (p. vii). Adds an overview
on the evolution of Roman Catholic religious architecture in Quebec
and provides descriptive and historical information on the existant
churches built between 1600 and 1850. Traquair studies are cited
for twelve of the seventy-eight buildings.
|| McKinnon, Sarah M. Traditional Rural Architecture
in Quebec: 1600-1800. Toronto: University of Toronto Centre for
Urban and Community Studies and Centre for Mediaeval Studies, April
An abridged version of a Ph.D dissertation. Examines French Canadian
domestic architecture mainly according to the nature of the floor
plans. Values Traquair's contribution of measured drawings especially
because they were complemented by written physical and historical
analyses (p. 5).
||Detroit Institute of Arts. Quebec and related silver
at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit: Published for Founders
Society, Detroit Institute of Arts by Wayne State University Press,
||Noppen, Luc, Giguère, Guy, et Richard, Jean.
La Maison Maizerets - Le Château Bellevue: deux exemples
de la diffusion de l'architecture du Séminaire de Québec
aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles. Québec: Ministère
des Affaires culturelles, 1978. (Civilisation du Québec, sér.
Analyses the two buildings and investigates the manner in which
the Séminaire used them as prototypes in rural areas where
the buildings would act as models for lesser structures. Concludes
that this was one of the mechanisms by which the spirit of the French
régime was preserved until about 1850, the date that Traquair,
and Nobbs before him, had set as the end of this particular period
of Quebec's architectural history.
|| Tardif-Painchaud, Nicole. Dom Bellot et l'architecture
religieuse au Québec. Québec: Les Presses de l'Université
Laval, 1978. (S88)
Traces the movement and followers of the French architect in Quebec
from 1926 to 1955. Documents the first visit of Dom Bellot to the
Province between 10 February and 23 March 1934. He presented nineteen
lectures and the ideas he expressed concerning the search for new
forms and new solutions for Quebec's religious architecture were
very well received by the young clergy (p. 53). The contrasting
points of view of Bellot and Traquair were discussed by Émile
Venne in 1934
|| Savage, Peter D. Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft
Designers. Edinburgh: Paul Harris, 1980.
Includes biographical notes on Traquair and his mother Phoebe Anna
Traquair, some indications as to the atmosphere in Lorimer's office
when Traquair and Nobbs were working there and a short description
of the architectural work that Traquair worked on for Lord Carmichael
||Lacroix, Laurier. "Gérard Morisset et l'histoire
de l'art." A la découverte du patrimoine avec Gérard
Morisset. Québec: Ministère des Affaires culturelles,
1981, pp. 131-149.
Includes an enlightening description of the situation in Quebec
on Morisset's return from Paris in 1934, and quotes Traquair from
The Cottages of Quebec (P30*) concerning the vernacular character
of their style. Analyses the nature of Traquair's contributions
to the history of architecture and suggests that connections might
be made between the ideas of Nobbs and Traquair (pp. 140, 148 no.
39). The collaborative approach to a complex subject like Morisset
is becoming very popular.
||Wagg, Susan. Percy Erskine Nobbs: Architect, Artist,
Craftsman/ Architecte, Artiste, Artisan. Montreal: McGill-Queen's
University Press, 1982.
Provides insight to Nobbs' character and architectural aims. Traquair
and Nobbs knew each other in Edinburgh before coming to Montreal.
|| Gauthier, Raymonde. "Marie-Alain Couturier, O.P. et
le milieu de l'architecture à Montréal 1939-1946." Questions
de Culture 4 Architectures: la culture dans l'espace. Québec:
Leméac/Institut québécois de recherche sur la
culture, 1983, pp. 103-123.
Notes the influence of Traquair's work on the discourse between
the traditionalists and the innovators during this transitional
period (pp.117, 120). Explains the ready acceptance of Dom Bellot's
innovations at the same time that the intellectuals were supporting
the activities of Morisset and the "Inventaire des oeuvres d'art"
|| Noppen, Luc. "La maison québécoise:
un sujet à redécouvrir." Questions de Culture 4 Architectures:
la culture dans l'espace. Québec: Leméac/Institut
québécois de recherche sur la culture, 1983, pp. 69-101.
Traces briefly some of the explanations put forward for the different
forms of Quebec domestic architecture. Explores the myth that the
Quebec type originated in Normandy and that the Montreal type originated
in Brittany (pp. 76-81). Suggests several new approaches to the
subject and indicates the necessity for a new history of domestic
architecture of Quebec. Regrets the new type of scholarship that
records structures and establishes a history without presenting
hypotheses and possible global interpretations (p. 101).
|| Singer, Loren. "Canadian art publications: history
and recent developments." Art Libraries Journal 8, no. 1 (Spring
In the discussion of the English and French perspectives in the
first half of the twentieth century, Singer suggests that Traquair
left the English mold, that was more concerned with current trends
and organizational structures, and seriously investigated Canadian
art history as an ongoing scholarly activity (p. 17).
|| Ainslie, Patricia. Images of the Land: Canadian
Block Prints: 1919-1945. Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1984.
Catalogue of an exhibition: Calgary 21 December 1984 - 17 February
1985; AGO, Toronto 13 April 1985 - 19 May 1985. Reproduces one of
Traquair's woodcuts (p. 154), provides biographical notes, and describes
the qualities of his work (p.67).
|| Béland, Mario. Marius Barbeau et l'art au
Québec: bibliographie analytique et thématique.
Québec: Celat, août 1985 (Outils de recherche du Celat,
Focuses on Barbeau's work concerning the arts in Quebec and organizes
the data to provide a number of useful perspectives. A very useful
aid to any reassessment of Barbeau's contributions.
||Clayton, Michael. The Collector's Dictionary of
Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America. 2nd ed. Woodbridge,
Suffolk; Antique Collector's Club, 1985.
First published by Country Life in 1971.
|| McGill University Archives. A Guide to Archival
Resources at McGill University. Montreal: 1985, 3 vols.
The entry for Traquair (vol. 2, pp. 74-75) includes biographical
details, descriptions of the materials, location at McGill and linear
|| Morgan, Norma. "F. Cleveland Morgan and the Decorative
Arts Collection in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts." M.A. Thesis,
Concordia University, September 1985.
F.C. Morgan and Traquair shared many interests and served together
on the executive committee of several Montreal organizations.
|| Wagg, Susan. "Traquair, Ramsay." Canadian Encyclopedia.
Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1985, 3 vols.
|| Betts, Randolph C. "Transcsript of tape recordings
made March 1986."
Betts (B.Arch. 1928) was a student of Traquair for five years. The
comments are applicable to the period between 1921 and 1930 and
concern the conditions in the architectural profession and in the
School of Architecture at McGill as well as information regarding
Traquair's character and aims as a professor at McGill.
|| Wilson, P. Roy. Interview Thursday 5 March 1987.
Wilson (B.Arch 1924) was a student of Traquair and was responsible
for a course at the School of Architecture at McGill from 1930 to
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