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Alex McLaren
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Canadian painter and illustrator Alex McLaren is known for his landscape paintings and posters he designed during World War II. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1892, he moved to Scotland with his mother around 1900 after the death of his father. After studying at the Dundee (Scotland) Technical College and School of Art (now the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee), McLaren went to Montreal in 1911 to join his brother. He studied with Edmond Dyonnet (1859-1954) at Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts and then embarked on a career as a commercial artist. His best-known war poster, “If You Don't Need It... Don't Buy It” (1940-42), featured a large white elephant. McLaren pursued landscape painting along with his work as an illustrator. Some of his winter landscapes were chosen to illustrate Christmas cards published by the William E. Coutts Company, Ltd., now part of Hallmark Cards. While sources differ, many sources say McLaren died in 1959. (TNB 10/2018) Selected bibliography: **MacDonald, Colin S.. A Dictionary of Canadian Artists. 9 vols. Vol. 4, p. 1052, 3rd edition. Ottawa: Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd., 1979. **McMann, Evelyn de R. Biographical Index of Artists in Canada, p.145. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.