Fonds Add. MSS. 1416 - Charles Marega fonds

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Charles Marega fonds

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    CA CVAN Add. MSS. 1416

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    • 1913-1996 [some copied 19--] (Creation)
      Marega, Charles

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    36 cm of textual records;ca. 700 photographs;ca. 25 drawings

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    Charles Marega (originally Carlos Marega) was one of Vancouver's most prolific sculptors. Born in 1871 in Lucinico, now part of Italy, Marega worked under Herman Panitz in Zurich, marrying Panitz's widow Berta in 1899. The Maregas immigrated to Vancouver in 1909, and shortly thereafter Marega won a commission to build the David Oppenheimer memorial gate at the entrance to Stanley Park. Marega's subsequent work included the Harding memorial in Stanley Park, the Joe Fortes memorial at English Bay, the lions at the entrance to Lions Gate Bridge, and the statue of George Vancouver at City Hall. Marega was also a teacher of sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art (later the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design). Marega died on March 27, 1939. Known holdings of his sculpture include the Vancouver Museum, the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Some of his sculptures may also be seen outside the Legislative Buildings in Victoria.;Doreen Margaret (Peggy) Imredy, the wife of sculptor Elek Imredy, was the author of A Guide to Sculpture in Vancouver (1980). Ms. Imredy was a long-time champion of Charles Marega and his works, and was the author of an article on Marega for the Greater Vancouver Book (1996). Ms. Imredy acquired a large number of Marega's sculptures over the course of her research, subsequently donating them to the Vancouver Museum.

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    Fonds consists of materials gathered by Peggy Imredy in the course of her research on Charles Marega, including notes, articles and clippings on Marega's life and works; correspondence of both Imredy and Marega; photographs of Marega's work taken by Imredy, as well as some photographs of Marega himself; and ca. 25 original drawings and sketches by Marega.

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        BCAUL control number: CVAN-676

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