Herring Fishing, Bay of Fundy, 1894
oil on canvas
81.3 x 107.2 cm
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts diploma work, deposited by the artist, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1894
National Gallery of Canada (no. 49)
After prospecting in the gold fields of New Zealand, John Hammond returned to Montreal in 1870 to work with the photographer William Notman. Eight years later he moved to Notman's studio in Saint John, N.B. where he also taught at the Owens Art School, moving to Mount Allison Ladies' College in Sackville in 1893. While Hammond painted in Europe and in China and Japan and the Rockies for the Canadian Pacific Railway, he found his favourite subjects around the Tantramar Marshes near Sackville and the Bay of Fundy. His finest paintings are characterized by an overall, glowing light that permeates the becalmed marine, the fishing boats emerging from the yellow blanket of the morning light.