Oil on panel by Hugh Douglas Robertson – Titled: Riverside – the Georgian Bay, 1964

Original artwork by Hugh Douglas Robertson – Titled: River side – the Georgian Bay, 1964

Oil on panel signed and dated lower right and titled on verso.

Dimensions: 23.2 x 30.5 cm – 9.25 x 12 in. With frame: 44.5 x 52 cm- 17.5 x 20.5 in.

!Note: He is considered an artist being part of the Ontario school of Hamilton, Canada (Ref-Art Gallery of Hamilton)

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Hugh Douglas ROBERTSON (1900 – 1996)

Hugh Douglas Robertson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 11 January 1900. He attended the School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal and graduated in 1925. He was formed in drawing by Edmond Dyonnet, but in painting he was mainly self-taught. He travelled extensively in England, France, Spain and Greece. Working mainly in watercolor, but also in oil, he is known for his landscapes of Venice, Georgian Bay in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Nassau in the Bahamas.

He was active and known in Hamilton, Ont. as an architect and artist. At the young age of twenty-one, he was invited to form a partnership with architect Lester B. Husband in 1921, and collaborated with him until 1925 and he later re-joined Husband in a new partnership of Husband, Robertson & Wallace from 1946 to 1953, all of these men were vivid art collectors. So he then worked as a draftsman and architectural designer in Miami, Florida from 1925 till 1926 and in Montreal end 1926, then in New York City fom 1926 till 1928 before returning to Hamilton to pursue his career.

Robertson was elected as an Associate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 1928, and was also active as an artist and an Associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy, where he regularly exhibited his paintings from 1931 to 1943.

During WWII, in 1943, he was employed as an Assistant Architect in the Naval Services Branch in Ottawa, and while there, he exhibited some of his of his award-winning watercolor drawings at a commercial gallery on Sparks Street, Ottawa (Journal, 5 May 1943).

Robertson also participated in the Spring Exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1943. He worked as an architect until his retirement in 1957 and he resigned from the Ontario Association of Architects in December 1970

Few awards and honours: Gold Medal, Hamilton Art Ass,1937;Jessie Dow Prize, Spring Exhibitions of Montreal Art Assoc.1943; Canadian Club presentation painting 1969,selected C.S.P.W.C. – Diamond Jubilee Collection presented to Queen Elizabeth II, 1986

Few references: (inf. Ontario Association of Architects; inf. E. McMann, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: Exhibitions & Members 1880-1979, 350; E. McMann, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Spring Exhibitions, 1988, 325-26)


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