May 21, 1911, Winnipeg Free Press

Artist Claude Gray (a.k.a. art critic VanDyck Brown) reports increasing interest in the establishment of a civic art gallery. Gray trained at the South Kensington Art School in England. He wrote articles for various papers on the local and international art scene, sometimes under the pseudonym VanDyke Brown. He taught at the Free Art School at the Carnegie Library and was an enthusiastic supporter of the establishment of the WAG. He went overseas in 1914 with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, was wounded but returned to the front. He sketched what he saw as a soldier.