Black and white portrait of a man
Walter Seymour Allward National Historic Person, 1933
© Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / Library and Archives Canada / PA-103158

Walter Seymour Allward was designated a national historic person in 2002.

Historical importance: Outstanding Canadian sculptor in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Commemorative plaque: 41 West Street, Brantford, OntarioFootnote 1

Walter Allward (1876-1955)

An outstanding sculptor of some of Canada's finest public monuments, Walter Allward is best known for his masterpiece, the Vimy war memorial in France. He emerged as a dominant figure in the transition from the sculptural conventions of the Victorian era to the more abstract forms of the 20th century. Many of his works, including the Bell Memorial, combine expressive classical figures with dramatic settings. With his original sense of spatial composition, his mastery of the classical form, and his brilliant craftsmanship, Allward created works of enduring beauty.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
English plaque inscription




Artists working on large sculptures
Showing progress of Walter Allward
© Department of Veterans Affairs / Library and Archives Canada / e002852535
Two sculptures
Sculptures at Supreme Court by Walter Seymour Allward
© Library and Archives

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