COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

The Cabin in the Lane

Historic paintings often provide a unique perspective of the past. Unlike photographs, they are not perfect reproductions of a given vantage, but this imperfection doesn’t

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Lightning Rods

In rural areas like Doon, lightning rods were commonly installed on houses, barns, and other structures to mitigate the danger of lightning – the enemy

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The Williams Frames

When observing piece of art, a feature that is often underappreciated is the frame it is displayed in. A frame can hold a tremendous amount

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The Hair Receiver

As trends and technology change, many once common household objects have fallen into obscurity. As a result, museums sometimes have difficulty identifying artifacts or their

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The Sandhill

A painting of a sandhill, with cows grazing near a small pond in the foreground under a pink sky. A figure sits under the trees

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World War 1

In August of 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany, ushering Canada, a member of the British Empire into the First World War. London requested

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Homer Watson’s Top Hat

The collection at Homer Watson House & Gallery is known for its original Homer Watson paintings, however it is comprised of many other interesting objects

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Dinner at the Watsons

The Watson residence, situated in the village of Doon on the outskirts of Kitchener, served as a home, studio, and gallery to members of the

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Phoebe’s Green Ledger

Phoebe Watson is often depicted as Homer Watson’s devoted sister, but what is really known about her? What were her interests, passions and ambitions? For the

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Phoebe’s Business Card

Whilst searching through the Homer Watson House and Gallery Archive today, we came across Phoebe Watson’s business card.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This card likely dates between 1912-1918,

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Phoebe’s Vase

Phoebe’s Painted Porcelian Vase c.1910-1930 Phoebe Amelia Watson (1858 -1947) This vase, created by Phoebe Watson, is made of soft porcelain and painted with motifs

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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