J. D. Charlton Edgar

James Douglas Charlton Edgar MBE (22 May 1903 – 12 October 1976) was a New Zealand art teacher, artist and art gallery director.

Charlton Edgar

James Douglas Charlton Edgar

(1903-05-22)22 May 1903
Died12 October 1976(1976-10-12) (aged 73)
Dunedin, New Zealand
OccupationArt teacher, artist, art gallery director

Edgar was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, on 22 May 1903. He received his art education at the Edinburgh College of Art. He and his wife emigrated to Dunedin in New Zealand for him to teach at the Dunedin School of Art at King Edward Technical College.[1]

Edgar was director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 1965 until his retirement in 1971.[1] In the 1976 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to art.[2] Edgar died a few months later on 12 October 1976, aged 73, in Dunedin.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Entwisle, Peter. "James Douglas Charlton Edgar". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 46921". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 12 June 1976. p. 8056.
  3. ^ "Cemetery search". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 13 August 2020.