Item 1993_148 - Bishop Williams

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Bishop Williams

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Rt. Reverend James William Williams, 4th Bishop of Quebec, M.A. D.D.

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CA BU BUArtColl-1993_148

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  • 1889 (Creation)
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    Harris, Robert (1849- 1919)

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; 86.5 x 73.7 cm

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(1849-1919)

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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.

Excerpted from "Early Painters and Engravers in Canada" p.148

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Photo credit: Tim Doherty, Visimage

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Painting is in colour, photo in black and white

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Robert Harris

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  • English

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