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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Julian Ruggles Seavey OSA
(1857 - 1940)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Seavey studied painting in Paris, France; in Rome, Italy; and in Germany.In 1879 he settled in Hamilton, Ontario where he later died.Working in oil, watercolour and pastel, his subjects include landscape, historical themes, flowers, coastal scenes, Indian encampments, and still life with fruit and musical instruments.He specialized in highly realistic trompe l'oeil effects.He also illustrated books by Pauline Johnson and articles on local history.He painted in Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island, and Scotland.He worked all his life in art education as Art Director of the Hellmuth Ladies College, London, Ontario (1884-1893); at Alma College, St. Thomas, Ontario (1894 - 1895); as Head of the Art Department, Hamilton Normal School (1908 - 1931); taught summer school at the University of Toronto (1909 - 1912); and taught art privately in Hamilton.He was the first president of the Art Students' League, Hamilton in 1895.He exhibited with the RCA in 1882-1909), and the OSA in 1881 - 1904.His work is in the collections of the AGH, NGC and ROM.