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William Abernethy Ogilvie (1901-1989)
Born in Cape Province, South Africa, William Ogilvie studied in Johannesburg. He immigrated to Canada in 1925 and pursued his studies at the Arts Students League of New York. In 1933, he was one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Painters. He headed the School of Art at the Art Association of Montreal from 1938 to 1941.

He enlisted in August 1940 and a year later he was assigned to Canadian Military Headquarters in London. As an official war artist, which he was in effect from February 1942 to September 1946, he painted a number of scenes in the United Kingdom, including anti-aircraft defences on the Thames estuary, Forestry Corps camps, and invasion training in Scotland. In Sicily and Italy he followed the units of the First Canadian Infantry Division. In North-West Europe, he depicted the activities of the men of the Fourth Canadian Armoured Division and the airborne operations that were part of the Normandy invasion.

At the end of hostilities, he obtained a position as a professor at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He travelled to South Africa and Greece. He was awarded a government fellowship to paint in Italy.

Captain William Abernethy Ogilvie with some of his paintings. 
9 February 1944.

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