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 Randolph Stanley Hewton  (1888 - 1960)

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Lived/Active: Quebec/Ontario / Canada      Known for: figure, portrait and landscape painting, teaching

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Randolph Stanley Hewton was a painter, educator and businessman.  He was born in Megantic, Quebec, and died in Trenton, Ontario.  His family moved to Lachine, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal) when he was a child, and he lived in Montreal until his business, Miller Brothers (paper boxes), moved to Glen Miller, Ontario (3 miles from Trenton) in 1933.
His primary mediums were oil and watercolour.  His subjects were portraits, nudes, figures, landscapes, snowscapes and genre.  The landscape locations were in and around Montreal, La Malbaie, Baie Saint Paul, other Quebec towns, the countryside in the Laurentians and along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.  Alexander Y. Jackson,  Albert Henry Robinson and Dr. Frederick Banting (1) (see all in AskART) were frequently his companions on painting trips to these areas.  There are also paintings from his visits to Italy and England while at school in France, and drawings of battlefields done after World War I.  His styles were Fauvism and Plein Air for landscapes and mostly Realism for figures, nudes and portraits.
His art education included studies under William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal (1903 -1907), and under Jean Paul Laurens (1908 -1910), and Henry Caro Delvaille (1910 -1913) at the Académie Julian, Paris (see all teachers in AskART).  The influence of Laurens and Caro Delvaille is most evident in Hewton's portraits, figures and nudes.  Whereas, his landscapes show the influence of his friends A.Y. Jackson and Albert Henry Robinson. Hewton's teaching career occurred during a four-year break from his job as President of Miller Brothers (1921 - 1924) when he worked as a painting instructor and director of the school at the Art Association of Montreal (2).
He became an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (ARCA) in 1921, and a full academician (RCA) in 1934.  He was a member of the Beaver Hall Group* (1920), the Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal (1922), and a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters* (1933).  He also served in the Canadian and later British Army (1914-1918) in World War I.
He exhibited with the RCA from 1907 to 1954, and with the Art Association of Montreal from 1908 to 1924 and in 1930 and 1933.  He also did joint exhibitions with A.Y. Jackson at the Art Association of Montreal in 1913, and with John Martin Alfsen (see AskART) at the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1943.  In 1920, he was one of three guest exhibitors in the first Group of Seven* exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario (3).  He exhibited again with them in 1923 when they toured the U.S.A.  Posthumously, his work was included in the 1995 - 1996 National Gallery of Canada touring exhibition titled “The Group of Seven – Art For A Nation”.  The other venues on the tour were the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery (B.C.).
The venues for his solo exhibitions include the Arts Club of Montreal (1932), the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1947) and, posthumously, Walter Klinkhoff Galleries, Montreal (1961).
Hewton's works are avidly collected.  They are also in several public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (B.C.), the Museum of Quebec (Quebec City), the McMichael Canadian Collection (Kleinberg, Ontario) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) which has 9 of his works in its permanent collection.
His awards and honours include the Wood Scholarship to study in France (1908) and the Military Cross for gallantry at the Somme (1918).  He was also chosen by the National Gallery of Canada to be on the jury (of 8) to select the Canadian entries in the British Empire (Art) Exhibitions at Wembley in 1924 and 1925.
(1) Sir Frederick Grant Banting is one of the most famous Canadians ever.  He shared the 1923 Nobel Prize for Medicine with Dr. John James Macleod (of Scotland but, working in Toronto, Canada), for the invention of insulin to treat diabetes (1922). Because of disputes, initiated by Banting, about who deserved it more and who's assistants (Dr. Charles Best or Dr. James Bertram Collip) contributed more to the discovery the split award remains to this day one of the most controversial in Nobel history. In a nutshell, they all worked for MacLeod in Macleod's lab on Macleod's project.  Also, Banting's and Best's original experiments didn't work until the involvement of Macleod and Collip.  As it happens, the money from the award was split four ways; Banting sharing with Best, Macleod sharing with Collip. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia (1985), Hurting Publishers Ltd.
(2) The AAM became the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1948.
(3) Renamed the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1966.  The other two guest exhibitors were Albert Henry Robinson and Robert Pilot.

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