Art Gallery of Guelph

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Guelph, Ontario
Confirmation of Arms
February 15, 2022
Vol. VIII, p. 74

Arms of the Art Gallery of Guelph
Arms of the Art Gallery of Guelph
Arms of the Art Gallery of Guelph

Arms of the Art Gallery of Guelph


Per pale dexter Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent between in chief a heart voided flanked by two cross-crosslets fitché Gules and in base a tobacco leaf erect proper all within a bordure Gules; sinister per fess Gules and Azure in chief a horse forcene Argent between two ancient crowns in bend sinister Or, in base a cross Gules fimbriated Argent cantoned in each quarter by five plates in saltire and within a bordure Argent charged with seven garbs Tenné;


The left side of the shield displays the arms of Colonel David Macdonald Stewart, President of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, one of the primary financial initiators of the gallery. The chequered bar is a feature of Scottish Stewart arms, and the crosses are often found in Macdonald arms. The tobacco leaf represents the family’s company, Macdonald Tobacco Inc. of Montréal. The heart was the company’s emblem. The white horse on red is an element of the arms of the City of Guelph, which were themselves inspired by those of the Kingdom of Hanover, whose rulers descended from the house of Guelph. The coronets, also from the city’s arms, allude to its sobriquet of the “Royal City.” The bottom right of the shield depicts the arms of Wellington County, where Guelph is located. They are a differenced version of the arms of the county’s namesake, the Duke of Wellington, while the sheaves of grain evoke agriculture.



A cubit arm proper vested per pale Gules and Vert cuffed chequy Azure and Argent, holding an artist’s brush in bend sinister Sable its ferrule Argent;


The brush symbolizes the arts. The sleeve’s cuff repeats the chequered pattern from the shield. Red and green represent caution and venture, two qualities sought in administrators of art galleries.





This Latin phrase, meaning “So that we may honour the arts,” summarizes the gallery’s objectives.



Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on March 19, 2022 in Volume 156, page 5123 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent confirming the heraldic emblems of the Art Gallery of Guelph

Additional Information


Not Available.


Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh / Cour du roi d’armes Lord Lyon, Édimbourg


Not applicable

Recipient Type

Civil Institution

Other Information

As registered under the name of the Macdonald Stewart Community Art Centre on the 4th day of June 1996 in Volume III, page 111.