Ivor Lewis

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Ivor Lewis
File:Ivor Lewis.jpg
Born Ivor Rhys Lewis
Died 1958
Occupation artist and business director

Ivor Rhys Lewis (1882–1958) was a Canadian artist and business director.

Timothy Eaton statue by Ivor Lewis

Lewis was born in Wales, but emigrated to Canada as a small boy. He trained as an artist at the Ontario School of Art, and was hired in the art department of the Eaton's department store chain in Toronto. In 1919, he was commissioned by his fellow Eaton's employees to create the noted life-size statue of Timothy Eaton, which was presented to the Eaton family in honour of the store's 50th anniversary.[1] Lewis was an accomplished painter, and he was also known for creating the medallions on the Dr. William D. Young Memorial in Toronto's Kew Gardens.[2] Along with C.W. Jefferys and other artists, Lewis co-founded the Graphic Arts Club (later named the Canadian Society of Graphic Art), which by the 1940s became the primary artists' group in Canada. He was also a noted actor and singer, and actively participated in Toronto's theatre scene.[3][4]

Ivor Lewis was a prominent member of the Eaton's management team, serving as both Supervisor of Publicity and Public Relations and Staff Superintendent. He held the latter position until 1950. He was made a director of the T. Eaton Co. Limited in 1942. Ivor Lewis died in 1958.[5]


  1. Timothy Eaton, Businessman. Famous, Should Be Famous, and Infamous Canadians. Retrieved on July 19, 2007.
  2. Dr. William D. Young Memorial, torontohistory.org. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  3. Famed Timothy Eaton Statue moves to its new home -- at the Royal Ontario Museum. Royal Ontario Museum Newsrelease (November 4, 1999). Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  4. Artists' Organizations, The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  5. Ivor Lewis' Staff Superintendent and Publicity Office files, Archives of Ontario. Retrieved on July 19, 2007.