Brigden, Arnold O.

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Brigden, Arnold O.

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Arnold Brigden was born in England in 1886. His father was a Methodist minister. Bridgen came to Canada in 1903 to live in Toronto with his uncle, Frederick Brigden, who taught him the craft of wood-engraving and the emerging craft of photo-engraving. In 1908 he returned to England briefly, and in 1910 came to New York to work for Gills, a large graphic arts firm. He remained there until 1914 when he was persuaded to move to Winnipeg by his family to take over the Winnipeg branch of the family business, Brigden's Limited, a Toronto-based printing firm. He managed Brigden's from 1914 until his retirement in 1956. Under his management, Brigden's of Winnipeg became a successful centre for graphic arts in western Canada. Brigden was an active supporter of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Winnipeg School of Art.


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