File 43 - Coat of Arms for City of Westmount

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Coat of Arms for City of Westmount

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CA CAC 1-1-43

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  • September 1944-July 1945 (Creation)
    Nobbs & Hyde
  • September 1944-July 1945 (Client)
    Westmount (Québec)

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9 drawings : 2 ink on paper, 1 pencil on paper, 6 watercolour on paper

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Percy Erskine Nobbs (1875-1964) and George Taylor Hyde (1879-1944) worked together from 1910 until Hyde's death in 1944. Nobbs and Hyde's architectural practice is documented almost in its entirety in the CAC archive which records 420 projects of the firm. Included are architectural drawings, other drawings, photographs, specifications, correspondence, clippings, notes and trade catalogues. For a biography of Nobbs see the entry for CAC 1, for a biography of Hyde see the entry for CAC 52.

For further information, see the CAC's publication, Percy Erskine Nobbs and His Associates: A Guide to the Archive =Percy Erskine Nobbs et ses associés: Guide du fonds. Montreal: Canadian Architecture Collection, Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art, McGill University, 1986. See also Susan Wagg. Percy Erskine Nobbs : Architecte, Artiste, Artisan = Percy Erskine Nobbs: Architect, Artist, Craftsman. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1982.

Percy Erskine Nobbs (1875-1964) et George Taylor Hyde (1879-1944) ont collaboré de 1910 jusqu'au décès de Hyde en 1944. La pratique architecturale de Nobbs et Hyde est presque entièrement représentée dans le fonds de la CAC qui témoigne de 420 projets. On y trouve des dessins architecturaux, d'autres dessins, des photos, des cahiers des charges, de la correspondance, des coupures de presse, des notes et des revues professionnelles. Pour une biographie de Nobbs, voir l'article CAC 1 et pour une biographie de Hyde voir l'article CAC 52.

Pour plus de renseignements, voir la publication de la CAC intitulée Percy Erskine Nobbs and His Associates: A Guide to the Archive = Percy Erskine Nobbs et ses associés : Guide du fonds. Montréal : Collection d'architecture canadienne, Bibliothèque Blackader-Lauterman d'architecture et d'art, Université McGill, 1986. Voir aussi Susan Wagg. Percy Erskine Nobbs : Architecte, Artiste, Artisan = Percy Erskine Nobbs: Architect, Artist, Craftsman. Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1982.

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File consists of 3 presentation drawings (coat of arms, heraldry), 5 development drawings (coat of arms), and 1 detail drawing (frame).

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Nobbs’s design for the Coat of Arms of Westmount, carried out by Lyons of Edinburgh, consists principally of three symbols laid on a pointed shield. A half setting sun casting its rays marked the shape of the shield, the same as that which the city of Westmount already used. Below the sun lies a crow, in descending flight, carrying a loaf of bread in its mouth and with the cross of St. Anthony on its back. The crow with the loaf is a biblical reference to St. Paul and his meeting with St. Anthony. Surmounting the two other symbols is a crown, and there is a motto given: NOCTE-UT-INTERDIU-TUTA [As safe by night as by day].

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