Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Cox, Horace Gordon[1]

Male 1885 - 1972  (87 years)


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  • Name Cox, Horace Gordon 
    • VARIANT NAME: Cox, H.G.
    Born 8 Jan 1885  Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 24 Feb 1885  St. John the Baptist, Kidderminster, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1934  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1214 Government Street
    Steffens-Colmer Studio Ltd.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) ca. 1924-1955  New Westminster, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Home Address/Year 1911-1967  New Westminster, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Home Address/Year 1967-1972  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 16 Feb 1972  New Westminster, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cremated 25 Feb 1972  North Shore Crematorium, North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Association Steffens-Colmer Studio Ltd. (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Person ID I1850  Camera Workers | C, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2021 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to the Presentation House Gallery exhibit catalogue, Cox was educated at the Kidderminster School of Art prior to immigrating to Canada in Jun 1907. Moving to New Westminster in 1911, he worked for the B.C. Electric Railway Company. Unable to enlist for military service in World War One for medical reasons, he subsequently worked for the provincial government Department of Public Works from 1913 to 1941. According to a Victoria Times article he also managed the home portrait section of the Steffens-Colmer Studio Victoria branch in the mid-1930s. He served in World War Two, based in Victoria, then returned to New Westminster in 1945 where he continued to live. Cox was part of the international Pictorialist photography movement and exhibited both at the Vancouver Art Gallery and at photography salons from the mid-1920s to the post-World War Two period. All surviving prints and negatives are in private collections. The Presentation House Gallery exhibit was the first modern interpretation of his work since his death in 1972. At the time of his passing he was living with is son in Vancouver; according to his death registration record he had lived in Vancouver for five years prior to his death. [4, 5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S403] Presentation House Gallery (2004), Curated by Bill Jeffries, (North Vancouver, B.C.: Presentation House Gallery, 2004).

    2. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1972-09-003286 (microfilm B13316); digital facsimile URL (accessed 3 Feb 2021): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4af3d6a8-04fe-4d59-8356-f772e51837de

    3. [S924] Ancestry.ca (Web site).
      England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

    4. [S924] Ancestry.ca (Web site).
      Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Series: RG 76-C; Roll: T-490; Vessel: Victorian; Arrival Date: 15 Jun 1907; Arrival Port: Montreal, QC

    5. [S674] (Victoria) Times, 11, 10 Apr 1934.
      "Camera Art is Displayed: Striking Work by H.G. Cox of Steffens-Colmer Studio Exhibited Here"
      The descriptions, with titles, of some of the photos make it clear this is the same person as the New Westminster photographer.