JOHN A. HAMMOND, R.C.A.
EVENING NEAR ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1895
14 ins x 43 ins; 35.6 cms x 109.2 cms
John Hammond is best known for his exceptional paintings of the maritime scenery and industry of New Brunswick. His talent is for the cinematic rendition of light effects particularly timed to the extreme ends of a fisherman's workday - dawn and dusk. Hammond's specialization made him expert at painting the fine and complex rigging found on the ubiquitous fishing vessels of the region.
What is less known about the artist is that he was also the first director of the Owens Art Institution, an art school which later added a gallery, the forerunner of the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison. Hammond is credited with assembling the founding collection of that gallery.
Dennis Reid, A Concise History of Canadian Painting (3rd edition), Oxford University Press, Don Mills, 2012, page 279.
Private Collection, Montreal