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UEL Association of Canada – Governor Simcoe Branch (Virtual): December 2022 Meeting

December 7 @ 7:30 pm

“A Biography of Charles William Jefferys” — Presentation by Richard Fiennes-Clinton

Charles William Jefferys was an illustrator who is best remembered for his drawings, sketches and paintings of Canadian history. In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, he published several books of meticulously researched historical imagery. This work included information about the United Empire Loyalists. Later critics have objected that Jefferys’ work is “too old fashioned”, or not culturally sensitive enough. In this biography, we will examine this part of his legacy too, and explore the lasting value of Jeffery’s work.

Richard Fiennes-Clinton has operated an historical walking tour company called “Muddy York Walking Tours” for many years. He is also the recent author of a book on Toronto’s early history called Muddy York: A History of Toronto Until 1834.

Richard has made a number of presentations to Gov. Simcoe Branch on a variety of topics related to the history of Toronto. The well-researched content is presented on numerous slides; his rapid presentation style allows him to cover a lot of material.