Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Clarence Richards (1907-1981)
Born at Cornwall, England on 5 January 1907, he came to Canada in 1925 and attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. 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 unmarried at Lakefield, Ontario on 29 December 1981.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1982, page 46.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Cecil Clarence Richards, WikiData.
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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 March 2023