History | Doon School of Fine Arts

After Phoebe Watson passed away in 1947 Ross Hamilton, a close friend of Homer’s, administered the Homer Watson Estate. Rather than see the 150 year old homestead of one of Canada’s foremost landscape painters put up for sale, he bought it himself and established the Doon School of Fine Arts in 1948. Sadly, Mr. Hamilton passed away early (1952!) and Mrs. Hamilton took the torch and operated the Doon School herself. In 1963 the Doon School of Fine Arts partnered up with the University of Waterloo in order to offer the programs at Doon to the students at the university. The Doon School of Fine Arts continued to run until 1966 when it had to close due to financial instability.

Check out one of the Doon School of Fine Arts promotional flyers from 1958. (3.95Mb)

Doon School of Fine Arts | Promotional Flyer 1958