Edwin Holgate was born in Allandale, Ontario and was raised in Montreal, Québec. Holgate began studying art at an early age under the tutelage of William Brymner. He spent several years in Paris, returning to Canada in 1922 to open a studio and teach wood engraving at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. On his return to Canada, Holgate’s talents as a graphic artist soon began to attract attention. Holgate was the last member of the Group of Seven. Best known for his portraits, Holgate also painted many murals including the Totem Pole Room at Ottawa’s Château Laurier. In 1925, Holgate played an instrumental role in the founding of the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists.
Edwin Holgate The Staircase, wood engraving, 9 1/2'' x 7 1/2''