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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Clarence Richards (1907-1982)

Sculptor, educator.

Born at Cornwall, England in 1907, he came to Canada in 1925 and attended the Ontario College of Art. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Army and then taught at the Cranbrook Academy of Art at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan before coming to the University of Manitoba to open the Department of Sculpture in 1951. He served as head of the department until his retirement in 1966. His large sculpture “Night and Day” is at the entrance steps of the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, and he also did “the doors” of St. George’s Anglican Church. He died at Lakefield, Ontario in 1982.

See also:

The Sculptor: Cecil Clarence Richards, R.C.A. by Vaughan L. Baird (1980).


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2013

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