Henry Nesbitt McEvoy (1832-1914)
5.5" x 13"
Oil on Canvas mounted on board
Henry Nesbitt McEvoy (aka Harry McEvoy) was a painter and educator who was born in Birmingham, England and died in Detroit, Michigan. He came with wife Jane Harvey to USA on SS "America", June 23, 1855. He lived in New York City, and then Indianapolis, Indiana before 1860. He was living in Toronto, Ontario by 1864; in Hamilton, Ontario in 1865 (also commuting to a studio in Toronto); in London, Ontario from 1886 to 1895; and in Detroit, Michigan from 1895 until his death.
His mediums were oil and watercolor. His subjects were waterfalls, landscapes, lakes, rivers, genre, portraits, canoeing, hunting, and pioneer life, all painted in a realistic style. Many of his paintings include a human figure to give the scale of the waterfall or landscape.
McEvoy’s paintings were exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1886; the “Colonial and Indian Exhibition”, London, England in 1886; at the Art Association of Montreal [now Montreal Museum of Fine Arts] spring show in 1895, and, recently, at the Hamilton Art Gallery in the 2006 exhibition titled “A Glimpse of the Sublime through 19th Century Canadian Art”.
According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network there are twenty-two Henry McEvoy works in the permanent collections of Canadian Museums – four in Museum London (Ontario), one in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), and seventeen in the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario). All are oil paintings and only three titles indicate subjects not in North America – Sunset on the Mediterranean ; The Sketcher, North Wales; and On the Thames.