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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta National Gallery- wins its spurs OTTAWA CCP) Almost mi- raculously, the National Gallery of Canada has emerged over its 91 years to a respected place among its world counterparts. "It has never cost the tax- payer as much as five cents'per capita a says its direc- tor. Dr. Jean Sutherland Boggs, who has chronicled the gallery's history in a beautifully illus- trated book. The book notes that from 1880 to 1SW the gallery received a total of only from the government. Simply titled The National Gallery of Canada, the volume is being published Thursday by Oxford University Press. It is the gallery's first comprehensive history. Housed in a remodelled mod- ern office building, the gallery, however, still cannot present its collection effectively to the pub- lic. "The Canadian collection suf- fers the most serious depriva- tion, since it cannct be seen in any she says. MUST EXPAND COLLECTION The gallery also had to de- velop other ways of making the public aware of the collection, which must be cxnanded if the gallery is to continue as a na- New Sykes aide CALGARY (CP) Thomas N. Yarmon was named Wed- nesday as Mayor Rod Sykes' executive assistant. Mr. Yarmon, 24, who replaces Mike Horsey, was co-director of the federal government's Op- portunities for Youth parks pro- ject in Toronto. tional resource for exhibitions outside Otlawa. A former art professor and curator of the Art Gallery of Toronto, Miss Boggs took charge of the national gallery in 1966. "Most unusually among art museums of the world, the Na- tional Gallery of Canada can be proudly claimed as the gift of the country's she says. As well as works by Canadian artists, the gallery's collection includes old masters, modern abstracts, drawings and sculp- tures. It has two claims to distinc- tion among national art mu- seums of the world, Miss Bcggs says. It has always considered its responsibilities to be national and it has been particularly close to Canadian artists. CITES DIFFICULTIES Her book notes that the gal- lery's life has been fraught with difficulties, some caused by fluctuating finances. After its founding by the Mar- quis of Lome, then governor- general, the embryo languished in obscurity for 27 years, housed first in remo- delled builders' workshops on Parliament Hill and then in a small, dingy upslairs gallery. But in 1907 the purchase of the first work by an p'rl master. Gainsborough's 1768 Portrait of Ignatius Sacho for intro- duced a new period. That year an advisory arts council was started with regular financial contribulions. In Eric Brown was appointed the first full-time director and in 1913 the gallery was given its own act of Parliament. Wednesday, October 27, 1971 THE tETHBRIDGE HERAtD 13 HANDS OFF! That would seem to be the idea here. Or on the other hand could it be the biggest hand-out in the world? 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