River Reflections

Works by Robert Henry Lindsay

This virtual exhibit is a companion to our temporary exhibit, RH Lindsay: Outdoors (June 2021-October 2021 & May 2022-October 2022) which was mounted in the museum’s gardens. Originals of some of these works were on display in the museum’s Art Gallery space (June 2022-December 2022).

Robert Henry Lindsay was born in Prescott in 1868. His family moved to Brockville when he was a young boy and he remained a resident until his death in 1938.

Lindsay’s professional artistic endeavours began when he worked for the James Smart Manufacturing Company painting machinery. While employed there he became a student of the noted Canadian artist Percy Woodcock, who was the principal instructor at the Brockville Art School. Lindsay eventually succeeded Woodcock at the school and began in earnest his painting career.

In 1895 Lindsay opened an art studio on Main Street, later 38 King St. West. The business not only sold art, but also offered framing, painting restoration and many other art-related services. In 1911 Lindsay became a member of the prestigious Arts Club of Montreal. Also in that year he became the art instructor at Brockville Collegiate Institute. He also taught at St. Alban’s Boys School.

Lindsay was particularly known for his landscapes of the area.

For more on Lindsay, visit the Brockville Museum’s “People of Brockville” exhibit.

Included here is a sampling of Lindsay’s local landscapes featuring the River.