Watson, Homer Ransford, 1855-1936.

Watson, Homer Ransford, 1855-1936.

Originals 1 1/2 inches

Homer Watson was born at Doon, Ontario in 1855 where he lived for 81 years. Early in his teens he was exhibiting his drawings at the annual fall fairs, held in surrounding communities. One of his earliest efforts, "The Pioneer Mill", appeared at the first exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy and was purchased by the Marquis of Lorne for Queen Victoria. He took a prize in Montreal for his painting; was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904; was elected as associate of the Royal Canadian Academy on the organization of that body in 1880; became full academician in 1882; elected president of the Canadian Art Club in 1907 and 1911; was president of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1918. He died in May 1936.


  • Purchased from Guy Andrus in 1971.
  • Correspondence re his estate and paintings; pamphlets, typescripts, clippings and two scrapbooks about Homer Watson and his work.
  • Finding aid available.

Call number: GA 8