Item 1993_071 - Portrait of Richard William Heneker, D.C.L., LL.D.

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Portrait of Richard William Heneker, D.C.L., LL.D.

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R.W. Heneker D.C.L., LL.D., Chancellor 1878-1900

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: "Chancellor of Bishop's University and President of the Eastern Townships Bank from 1874-1902, Richard William Heneker was born in Dublin 1n 1823. Educated privately and partly at the University College School, London, he studied architecture and at the age of nineteen entered the office of Sir Charles Barry, the architect of the new palace of Westminster. Later Heneker traveled in France, Germany and Italy to study continental architecture. After several years practicing his profession as an architect, in 1855 he accepted an offer to succeed Alexander Galt as Commissioner in Canada for the British American Land Company. In 1859 he assisted in establishing the Eastern Townships Bank, and in 1866, in conjunction with Lord Mount Stephen he established the Paton Tweed Mills at Sherbrooke. He became Chancellor of Bishop's University Lennoxville in 1858. ... " Source Williamson, Moncrieff, "Robert Harris (1849-1919)" An Exhibition circulated by the Extension Services of The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1973-1974.

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; 89.0 x 75.8 cm

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Robert Harris was born in Vale of Conway, Wales in 1849. In 1856, his family brought him with them to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. As a youngster, he was encouraged by his mother to paint. He graduated from Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown in 1863, began work as a land surveyor, and painted in spare time. It was not until 1867 that he traveled to Europe and visited many art galleries, which inspired him to become a professional painter. He began painting in Charlottetown in 1868 and was commissioned by Executive council of Prince Edward Island to paint speakers in House of Assembly 1871. He studied art in Boston 1873-74 under William Rimmer (1860-1879) and Thomas Dewing (1851-1938) and on return worked as a portrait painter. He returned to Europe for study in 1876-78 and copied old master, including paintings by Velasquez (1599-1660) at the National Gallery London. He studied under Alphonse Legros, (1837-1911) and painted in the atelier of Léon Bonnet (1868-1936) Paris. He painted in both oil and watercolour and completed many portraits including those of Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Strathcona, Lord Minto and Sir John A. Macdonald. He was chartered member of Royal Canadian Academy. He died in 1919 in Montréal and was buried in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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Photo credit: Tim Doherty

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Robert Harris

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