Place Published: [Toronto]
Publisher: William Bryce, wholesale book publisher & stationer
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Scarce William Bryce, Toronto litho portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, wearing his famous horse-shoe tie pin. Circa 1900. Published by William Bryce Toronto. Frame size: 22-1/4 x 25 inches and print size: 16 x 18-1/2 inches (not examined out of frame). Label on back of frame is from John Britnell Art Galleries Limited 876 Young St. Toronto ON M4W 2J1. Overall black & white print in very good condition.
Another indication of Sir Wilfrid Laurier conservative inclination in matters of dress may be pointed out. Those who have been familiar with him for years, and even those who did not know him personally, but who have seen his photographs, will have noticed that he usually wore a scarf pin in the shape of a horse-shoe. While it decorated his ties of different colour, it never seemed out of place. This photo also includes an uncommon addition of a pocket handkerchief. In the same way he never wore a chain on his watch, and this habit he continued down to the end of his days. Even in these little things there was proof of his being different from other men.
William Bryce, wholesale book publisher & stationer, also published a range of other material, as seen from the company’s other covers and postal stationery cards.William Bryce continued to issue postcards into the early 20th century, from his store at 489–491 Queen Street West in Toronto, 100 yards west of Spadina Avenue.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier, GCMG, PC, KC, baptized Henri-Charles-Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada from July 11, 1896, to October 5, 1911. Canada's first francophone prime minister, Laurier is often considered one of the country's greatest statesmen. He is well known for his policies of conciliation, expanding Confederation, and compromise between French and English Canada. His vision for Canada was a land of individual liberty and decentralised federalism. He also argued for an English-French partnership in Canada. "I have had before me as a pillar of fire," he said, "a policy of true Canadianism, of moderation, of reconciliation." And he passionately defended individual liberty, "Canada is free and freedom is its nationality," and "Nothing will prevent me from continuing my task of preserving at all cost our civil liberty." Laurier was also well regarded for his efforts to establish Canada as an autonomous country within the British Empire. Laurier is the fourth-longest serving Prime Minister of Canada, behind William Lyon Mackenzie King, John A. Macdonald, and Pierre Trudeau.
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Very Good. Item #8728