Creator(s): Homer Watson House & Gallery
This exhibit relates the legacy of renowned Canadian landscape artist Homer Ransford Watson, spanning a timeline of 140 years. Born in 1855 in the picturesque village of Doon, Ontario, Homer Watson spent his early years preparing to become a successful artist. As a young man of 26, Homer sold one of his first major works to the Marquis of Lorne and Princess Louise, the daughter of Queen Victoria. The couple purchased the painting for Queen Victoria. Upon seeing "The Pioneer Mill", the Queen of England immediately wanted another work of art by the young Canadian. Royal recognition propelled Homer Watson to national prestige and international acclaim, attracting droves of admirers.