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Legh Kilpin was one of many English artists who came to Canada around the turn of the 19th century in search of new opportunities.

In England, he was among a generation of British artists educated within a newly established system of art education developed on the model of the European trades schools. The British National Arts Training schools, where Kilpin received his teaching certification in the late 1880s, were concerned with training artists who could help industry. At school, they learned the fundamentals of “good” design: practical geometry, linear perspective, and the elementary principles of ornament. These were skills that Kilpin passed on to his students.
 
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