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Homer Watson
painter, printmaker
Canadian, (1855–1936)
A native of the village of Doon (now a part of Kitchener, Ontario), Homer Watson demonstrated artistic talent at a young age and began a self-directed study of painting by examining the books in his father's library. His first professional exhibition occurred in 1879 when he was twenty-four years of age. He gained his national and international reputation in 1880 when the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada, and his wife, Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, purchased his painting "The Pioneer Mill" as a gift for the Queen. A second painting, entitled "The Last of the Drought", was sold to Queen Victoria the following year and both remain a part of the Royal Collection in Windsor Castle. After studying and travelling abroad through the 1890s, Watson was happy to return to his Doon home where his art was inspired by the natural landscapes of Waterloo County. Watson is recognized as a Canadian landscape painter and this work is a testament to his love for the surroundings that were familiar to him since childhood.

Artist Objects

A Stagecoach 1983.010.005

Fraser River 1979.009.006

Hay Ricks 1988.006.002

May Day 1973.001.016

November Storm 1983.010.013

Seascape 1979.009.003

Storm Drift 1980.015.003

Stronghold 1979.009.004

The Clearing 1979.009.007

The Lane 2004x.447.001

The Source 1980.015.004

The Wheat Field 1978.011.003

Untitled 1962.006.003

Untitled 1962.006.004

Untitled 1983.010.010

Willows 1983.010.004

Woods in June 1978.001.001

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