Fonds P139 - William Arthur Johnson Fonds

Sketchbook 1 Sketchbook 2

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William Arthur Johnson Fonds

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  • 1864-1871 (Creation)
    Johnson, William Arthur, Rev., 1816-1880

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2 sketchbooks

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William Arthur Johnson was born in Bombay. The Duke of Wellington was his godfather. Although intended for the army, Johnson, after migrating to Upper Canada in 1831, entered the Anglican Church. He was a curate to Archdeacon A.N. Bethune at Cobourg. However, his tractarian tendencies made him unpopular and he was made rector of St.Philip's at Etobicoke, a remote village across the river from Weston. There he established a school that was to become Trinity College School. Among Johnson's pupils was William Osler, who regarded Johnson as one of his mentors.

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The sketchbooks were given by his son, Dr. A.J. Johnson to Dr. Harvey Cushing; and by him to the Osler Library. Old accession number 432.

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The fonds contains two sketchbooks of coloured sketches and shows William Arthur Johnson's activities in natural sciences and microscope work.

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  • English

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Slides, microfilm copies, and digital surrogates of the sketchbooks available.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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  • Flat box: P139