Item 2008.001.1498.15 - Portrait of Robert Watson Sellar

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Portrait of Robert Watson Sellar

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2008.001.1498.15

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  • [ca. 1945] (Creation)
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    Sellar, Robert

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1 photograph : b&w ; 38 x 28.6 cm

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(1894-1965)

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Robert Watson Sellar, politician (b at Huntingdon, Qué 6 Aug 1894; d at Ottawa 4 Jan 1965). Born into a prominent publishing family, Sellar tried various careers before securing a berth in Ottawa as private secretary. He became assistant deputy minister of finance in 1930 and then was treasury comptroller 1932-40. Appointed auditor general in 1940, Sellar reorganized the office, employing a system of personal cajolery and private reproaches. Retiring in 1959, Sellar became royal commissioner examining problems of government organization.

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Item consists of a photograph mounted on cream card with decoratively frayed edges. Handwritten note at bottom of image on card in blue ink, "Alf./ To record the hump resulting from the wildly exciting/ transactions of MOS(?)./ Watson Sellar." Photograph shows a man in dark suit holding a booklet or paper (blurred).

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Very good. The card is a little yellowed. Some card adhered to the right edge on verso.

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