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James Mavor, 1854-1925

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1854.12.08
Place of Birth: Stranraer
Date of Death: 1925.11
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James Mavor was the editor of the Scottish Art Review and a political economist.


Mavor was a lecturer in political economy at the University of Glasgow, and then a professor at the University of Toronto from 1892 until his retirement in 1923. In Toronto he was named professor emeritus. He wrote government reports on subjects such as immigration, wheat production, the telephone, hydro-electrics and workmen's compensation. His publications include On Wage Statistics and Wage Theories (1888); Economic History and Theory (1889); The Scottish Railway Strike, 1891: A History and Criticism (1891); The Political Situation and Labour Problems (1892?); The English Railway Rate Question (1894); and An Economic History of Russia (2 vols; 1914).

Mavor also had a keen interest in art. In Scotland he edited the Scottish Art Review, based at 243 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, and in 1888 he was in correspondence with JW with regard to publishing a reproduction of JW's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), which was being exhibited in Glasgow at the International Exhibition (#05401, (#03503, #05402).

In Canada Mavor helped to establish the Toronto Art Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum. He was the author of such art publications as Notes on the Objects of the Toronto Guild of Civic Art and on the Exhibition of Prints of Mural Paintings (1898); Notes on Appreciation of Art and on Art in Ontario (1898?) and Fifth Loan Exhibition: Catalogue of a Loan Collection of Pen and Ink, Pencil, and Wash Drawings and of Etchings and Engravings [...] contributed by various collectors and held in the Public Library, College St., Toronto (1912).

Mavor's papers are held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.


Grover, Rachel, and Francis W. Mavor Moore, James Mavor and his World: An Exhibition of Books and Papers Selected from the James Mavor Collection, Toronto, 1975; University of Toronto website, (accessed 8 December 2003); British Library Online Catalogue (accessed 8 December 2003).