Item 994.1.5.5 - "Julia B. Merrill" Painting

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"Julia B. Merrill" Painting

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CA ON00154 994.1-994.1.5.5

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  • 1928 (Collection)
    Long, Norman Thomas
    Port Hope, Municipality of

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Graphic materials ; 1 painting

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Item is a painting by Canadian actor and artist Robert Imbert Orchard (1909-1991). Oil, unframed painting. Written on verso: "Painted by Robert Imbert Orchard when a student in J. W. Beatty's class at Corbett's Mill, Port Hope. The "Julia B. Merrill" ship painted in Port Hope harbour 1928. She was afterwards burnt at Sunnyside August 1931 to amuse the public. One of the last lake schooners had been a rum runner, then was carrying coal." Orchard would have been 19 years of age when he painted this. He had returned to Port Hope for a visit in the summer of 1928, which coincided with the fire of 1928 at Trinity College School.

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Robert Imbert Orchard, only son of former Trinity College School Headmaster (1913-1933) Dr. Francis Graham Orchard and Mrs. Marion Urquhart Leckie Orchard, died in Vancouver on June 2nd 1991. He was born in Brockville in 1909 and when his family moved to T. C. S. he attended the Junior School in Port Hope for a time before going to England to be educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge. After university he taught English to German refugees in the 1930s and joined the Canadian Army during World War Two. Due to his artistic ability he was assigned to teach at the camouflage school at UBC in Vancouver. After the war, Imbert founded and directed the Studio Theatre program at the University of Alberta.

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