Artwork by Randolph Stanley Hewton,  Portrait of Thomas Archer, Esq.

Randolph Hewton
Portrait of Thomas Archer, Esq.

oil on canvas
40 x 33 ins ( 101.6 x 83.8 cms )

Sold for $14,950.00
Sale date: May 25th 2017

Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
While studying in Paris at the Academie Julian, Hewton befriended A.Y. Jackson and was influenced by him and their fellow students. With impressionistic colour palettes and handling of the medium, Hewton developed a keen sense of colour and detail in his works. While studying in Canada, the artist trained with William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal.

Under the tutelage of Brymner, the influence of the artist's handling of the medium to create rich supple flesh tones can also be seen in Hewton's portrait of one Thomas Archer Esq. Likely a commissioned work, the traditional practice of portraiture is respected with the dignified but relaxed pose of the sitter in comfortable surroundings. Non-traditional colours of greens and blues meld into the visage of the man, a token of his exposure to impressionist painting theories in Europe and fellow Beaver Hall compatriots. Attention to detail is also integral to this work. From the completed artwork hanging in the background of the composition, the cigarette cradled comfortably between the index and middle finger of the sitter's relaxed hand, and the meticulous monogramed pocket square in the breast pocket of the sitter, Hewton is able to present a portrait of a modern man in a modern rendering. Paying homage to the time-honoured tradition of portraiture, Hewton evolves the practice to incorporate modern artistic styles indicative of the changing landscape in Canadian art history during the early twentieth century.

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Randolph Stanley Hewton
(1888 - 1960) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Randolph Hewton was born 1888, in Quebec. In 1903, he studied under William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal (Now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). He won a scholarship to study in Paris at the Académie Julian from 1908 to 1910. It was there that he met A.Y. Jackson, who would become his lifelong friend. Back in Montreal, he and Jackson exhibited the Paris-inspired paintings in 1913 and received poor reviews. Both he and Jackson served overseas during WWI, and Hewton was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the Somme offensive.

Upon his return to Montreal, after the war, Hewton went to work for Miller Brothers, a firm which specialized in the production of paper boxes. In 1920, along with fellow graduates from the AAM, Edwin Holgate, Mabel May and Lilias Newton, he founded the Beaver Hall Group, named after their shared studio space at 305 Beaver Hall Hill. The Beaver Hall artists were invited to exhibit with the first Group of Seven exhibition in 1920. He juggled painting and career, becoming president of Miller Brothers in 1921, the same year he was elected an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy.

His firm moved to Ontario in 1933. In Ontario, he went sketching with A.Y. Jackson and Albert Robinson. His greatest contribution as an artist was in the field of portraiture and figure painting. The Art Gallery of Hamilton held an exhibition of his work in 1947. Following Hewton's death, Walter Klinkhoff Galleries held a retrospective exhibition in his honour and it was A.Y. Jackson wrote the foreward for the exhibition catalogue.