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Robert Holmes 1861-1930

Robert Holmes 1861-1930

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Robert Holmes 1861-1930

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Township of Brock
In Cannington, in a park at the northeast corner of
Peace Street and McRae Street
2 blocks south of Cameron Street East

Coordinates: N 44 20.959 W 79 02.084


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Plaque Text

Robert Holmes spent a lifetime drawing and painting Canadian wildflowers, depicting many varieties in water-colours. Holmes was born in Cannington and is buried here. After studying at the Ontario School of Art and the Royal College of Art, his teaching career at Upper Canada College, the Central Ontario School of Art and Design, and its successor, the Ontario College of Art, spanned forty years. Holmes was a president of the Ontario Society of Artists, a founding member of important Toronto art organizations and an academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario include notable wildflower water-colours by Holmes.


Brock Plaques

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> Posted June 23, 2012
We noticed the Historical Plaque this evening driving north to our cottage in Bolsover. It is wonderful to know more about the historical value in our area and to be able to share with friends, the significance of who Robert Holmes and Maud Montgomery are.
Mark Sadgrove, Newmarket, Ontario

> Posted July 4, 2010
I noticed the Historical Plaque today, driving down HWY 12 from the family Muskoka cottage, en route to our home in Kingston/Gananoque area. As a painter, myself, I find it wonderful to see that artists are being remembered for their personal poetic and haptic images/memories..and are no longer being shoved aside as mere hobby/image dabblers. Visual Artists have provided to their fellow Canadians with some of the most significant shared soulful moments..and are dearly loved by many and could be by more. This is really our most keystone area of memory and it is great to see this monument to an OSA founder.
Jan Winton, Gananoque ON

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