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Grand Manan, New Brunswick | Jack Humphrey | c.1950
A watercolor of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick by New Brunswick artist, Jack Weldon Humphrey. It dates to perhaps 1950. Grand Manan was part of the disputed coastal border territory between the U.S. and what is now Canada that was largely resolved by the Webster Ashburton Treaty of 1842. The treaty placed Grand Manan with Canada (then Great Britain). Humphrey was one of the most significant painters in eastern Canada during his day. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1901, studied at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York City. Afterwards, in 1929 and 1930 he travelled to Europe including studying in Paris, France and in Munich, Germany. Returning to Canada, he visited Vancouver, British Columbia on the Canadian Pacific coast in 1933 and then travelled south to Mexico in 1938. In 1933, Humphrey was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters. He taught at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1951 and that same year received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of New Brunswick. From 1952 to 1954, he painted in Paris on a Canadian Government-Royal Society Overseas Fellowship. Humphrey extensively portrayed his hometown of Saint John, the city’s streets, people and waterfront, over many years and these paintings established his importance as an artist. A retrospective exhibition of his work was organized in the mid-1960s at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton in New Brunswick and the exhibition toured throughout Canada. He died in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1967. This watercolor was acquired by the Tides Institute from Galley 78 in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2009. Photo caption: Watercolor of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick by New Brunswick artist, Jack Weldon Humphrey. The watercolor dates to about 1950. Artist: Jack Humphrey Medium: Watercolor Classification: Watercolors Purchased from Gallery 78, Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2009. Old Accession Number: 19