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Boy in a Red Hat

Stanley Royle
Boy in a Red Hat, 1932Oil on canvas
50.8 x 40.0 cm
Purchased with funds from the Government of Canada under
the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act,
and the Maritime Life Assurance Company, 1993

Stanley Royle spent over a decade in Canada (1931- 1945) and during this time was very involved in shaping the Maritime arts community - both in his role as an instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art (1931-1934) and as a professor of drawing and painting at Mount Allison University (1935-1945).

One of the ways in which Royle was influential was in choosing to paint people not normally the subject of formal portraits - he was known for sketching individuals on the street. This portrait, painted during his first year in Halifax, is an example of his practice of drawing into his art the people found in his everyday world.
Shannon Parker
Curator of Collections
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