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Van Horne, William Cornelius

Van Horne, William Cornelius

Date of Birth: 1843-02-03
Place of Birth: Frankfort
Date of Death: 1915-09-11
Place of Death: Montreal
Gender: Male
Nationality: Canada
Occupation or Profession: Painters
Uses technique(s): Painting (Art Technique)

William Cornelius Van Horne, as General Manager for the Canadian Pacific Railway, realized the need for an efficient, large-scale promotional scheme to attract world attention to the opening of the Canadian North West. He knew the economic survival of the CPR would depend on the successful settlement and commercial development of the vast plain between Portage La Prairie and the Rocky Mountains. He helped launch an extensive advertising campaign to promote immigration into the Canadian West. As a prominent art connoisseur/collector and gifted amateur artist, Van Horne was concerned with the pictorial aspect of the project. Over the ensuing years, Van Horne commissioned a number of photographers/artists to document the CPR's progress and the abundance of opportunities available in the new frontier. These photographers and artists are informally known as "CPR Artists".

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