KYLE James Fergus
He usually signed “Fergus Kyle”
Born in 1876 in Hamilton Ontario.
He was a teenaged reporter with The News [Toronto]. He later became a cartoonist and news illustrator for the Globe [Toronto]. He also worked as a parliamentary reporter. At the turn of the century, his work appeared in Canadian Magazine, The Courier, and Saturday Night, and a humour magazine The Moon.
Kyle was unusual among Toronto cartoonists being a Liberal and strong supporter of Laurier. He drew several campaign posters for the party. When Borden came to power, Kyle became a strong critic of Borden’s policies.
He enlisted in 1916 and served in an artillery unit, where he suffered a foot injury during World War 1.
He later moved to The Toronto Star. His paintings in A Picture History of Canada suggests he was also comfortable painting in oils and was perhaps a book illustrator.
He died in 1941.
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:
|A Picture History of Canada. Writ., Jessie McEwen & Kathleen Moore. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. No date: ….|
|10: The Vikings Discover America.
18: An Indian Village.
28: The Founding Of Montreal.
40: The Building Of The Griffen.
|78: A Political Meeting In Lower Canada.
96: Sir Adam Beck Turning On The Hydro-Electric Current At Baden.
100: Airplane and Forest Fire.
102: Building The Motor Roads.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1979: “ Fergus Kyle”: 81-82, 241.
Canadian Bookman, Jan. 1919: “Some Canadian Illustrators. “ Writ., St. George Burgoyne: 24.
Maclean’s Magazine, Mar. 1914: “The Cartoonmen of Canada.” Writ., John Edgecumbe Staley: 44.
Toronto Star, 11 Jan.1992: “Merchants of Mirth and Malice.” Writ., Robert Crew: D5.