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George Campbell Tinning (1910-1996)
Born in Saskatoon, George Tinning studied in Winnipeg and Regina, then in Maine at Eliot O'Hara Water Color School, and finally in New York at the Art Students League. Returning to Canada, he settled in Montreal in 1939. He won the Jessie Dow Prize from the Art Association of Montreal in 1942.

He enlisted in the Black Watch Royal Highlanders of Canada in June 1942 and was appointed an official war artist in April 1943. He painted in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in 1943 before being sent overseas. In Europe, he was posted to Italy where he spent most of his time painting armoured units. He then followed operations in Holland and Germany. When he was demobilized in October 1946, he resumed his career as an artist in Montreal and obtained a number of commercial contracts. He designed the windows for the main Simpson's store. He became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1953.

From left to right: Captain George Campbell Tinning, 
Lieutenant B.J. Bobak and Captain L.P. Harris at a war art exhibition. 

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