Item 1993_016 - Archdeacon Archibald Campbell Scarth

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Archdeacon Archibald Campbell Scarth

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CA BU BUArtColl-1993_016

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  • 1899 (Creation)
    Hudspeth, Robert Norman (1862-1943)

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; 135.2 x 91.2 cm

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Robert Norman Hudspeth (1862-1943) was born in Caledonia, Ontario. As a young man, he studied Theology at Trinity in Toronto, but was never ordained. Bishop’s Principal Adams appointed him as a lecturer in Natural Sciences and then, three years later, he was appointed lecturer in Physics and Chemistry.
Mr. Hudspeth was a man of considerable musical ability, organizing the Choral Society in Lennoxville as well as directing the Lyric Club at Bishop’s. He played the piano, cello and organ. For a time he was the organist at St. George’s Church and his name appears on many musical programs as a cello soloist or with a string ensemble.
In 1895, Mr. Hudspeth took two years off to study art and sculpture in Paris. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Art and exhibited at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition at the turn of the century. He was primarily known for his portraits, landscapes and miniatures. In 1908, The New York Water Color Club accepted a landscape by him for its annual exhibition. One of his miniatures was accepted by the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Paintings and in 1933 one of his miniatures won Honourable Mention at the Salon in Paris. Mr. Hudspeth’s interest in art included making pottery, which was known as Kilnburn Pottery, of which a number of pieces were shown at the exhibition of the Royal Canadian Art Association in Montreal in 1909. He experimented in his lab with various chemical combination to make rare and unusual glazes that made his pieces unique.
In 1909, he moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he continued to teach and pursue his career in art. Before he left Lennoxville, he did this portrait of The Reverend Archibald Campbell Scarth, Rector of St. George’s Anglican Church and presented it to the church.
He died in 1943 at the age of 81.
(Excerpted from notes by Christine Ljungkull and Janet Motyer, 1993)

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This oil portrait of The Reverend Archibald Campbell Scarth, Rector of St. George's Anglican Church, Lennoxville, (1862-1904) and Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Bishop's College, painted by Robert Norman Hudspeth (1862-1943), was originally presented by the artist on December 12, 1899, to the congregation of St. George's Church. It was to be hung in the newly finished Parish Hall where it remained for many years. In 1993, the portrait was given by Reverend Keith Dickerson, Rector of St. George's Church, with the permission of A. Bruce Stavert, 11th Bishop of Quebec, to Bishop's University on "indefinite, continuous and eternal loan". (excerpted from notes by Christine Ljungkkull and Janet Motyer, 1993)

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St. George's Parish, Lennoxville, Qc.


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On long term loan to Bishop's University from St. George's Parish, Lennoxville.

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R. N. Hudspeth

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