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HOWARD, John George, Canadian architect, born in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England, 27 July, 1803. He attended school at Hertford until his fourteenth year, and at fifteen years of age was sent to sea before the mast. After passing two years at sea he studied engineering, land-surveying, and architecture in London, and in 1827 became engineer on Chromford canal, near Matlock, Derbyshire. In September, 1832, Mr. Howard removed to York, now Toronto, Canada, where he has resided ever since. He has been engaged in important city surveys, and has designed many of the principal buildings in Toronto. From 1833 till 1856 he was drawing master of Upper Canada college. In 1834 the first artists' society was formed in Toronto, and Mr. Howard was its vice president and treasurer in 1847-'8. In 1883 the Marquis of Lorne conferred upon him the title of royal Canadian academician. In 1873 Mr. Howard conveyed 120 acres of hind at High Park to the corporation of Toronto as a public park, and at his death Colborne Lodge, where he resides, and forty-five acres more, are to become part of the new park. He also conveyed to the city of Toronto, in May, 1881, 127 paintings and sketches, by himself and his wife, in the gallery at Colborne Lodge, and afterward added his library to the gift
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