MY­RON AN­GUS PAINTS FOR YONGE STREET GALLERY

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For more than 100 years, pho­tog­ra­phers, photo ed­i­tors and photo li­brar­i­ans work­ing for The Globe and Mail have pre­served an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of 20th-cen­tury news pho­tog­ra­phy. Ev­ery Mon­day, The Globe fea­tures one of these images. In Jan­uary, we’re look­ing back at Cana­di­ans who lived with dis­abil­i­ties.

My­ron An­gus was only 22 when he had his first ex­hi­bi­tion in Toronto, and 23 when he was in­vited to paint in the win­dow of a gallery on Yonge Street, where he was pho­tographed for The Globe in 1948. Born with a con­di­tion that fuses the joints in the body, An­gus could not use his hands or his feet. He was about 7 when his par­ents met writer Wil­liam Ritchie Wat­son, who was sell­ing a book he’d writ­ten by mouth. Wat­son told the cou­ple to put a pen­cil in their son’s teeth. Even­tu­ally, An­gus learned to write, but also to draw and paint. He be­came pas­sion­ate about land­scapes and wa­ter­colours, and the qual­ity of his art en­ticed buy­ers. He went on to own a Toronto art gallery, and rep­re­sented the Cana­dian branch of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mouth and Foot Paint­ing Artists be­fore Pope John Paul II in 1992.

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LLOYD BLOOM

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