Arthur Heming

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Arthur Henry Howard Heming
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Arthur Heming, 1912
Born (1870-01-17)January 17, 1870
Paris, Ontario
Died October 30, 1940(1940-10-30) (aged 70)
Hamilton, Ontario

Arthur Henry Howard Heming (January 17, 1870 – October 30, 1940) was a Canadian painter and novelist known as the "chronicler of the North" for his paintings, sketches, essays and books about Canada's North.

Born in Paris, Ontario and raised in Hamilton, he studied in New York City and the Old Lyme Art Colony under Frank DuMond, and in London with the Welsh master Frank Brangwyn. Heming was colour blind and as a result worked mostly in black and white for most of his life.[1] He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[2]

The Hemings emigrated from Bognor (Regis) England in the top half of the 19th century. Edward Francis Heming left Bognor and settled just outside Guelph, Ontario. on the Eramosa Line in 1832. He called the farm 'Bognor Lodge' and it is still there today in Heming ownership. The northern half of the farm was expropriated and flooded to make Guelph Lake.

The Heming family traces its ancestors back to King Harold Heming of Denmark, the last Viking king of Denmark, and the one who brought Christianity to Denmark. They eventually travelled through France and settled there having the town named 'Heming' after them. When France became Roman Catholic, they were/are Protestants, they emigrated again just across the English Channel to the seaside spa of Bognor.

Edward Heming had 5 sons in Canada West. One of them was Charles Heming and he became the postmaster of the small village of Sydenham. Because there was another growing town near Ottawa with the same name, Charles was asked to change the name of Sydenham. He changed it to 'Bognor' and it is there today. A tribute to the pioneering Canadian Heming family.

"Canadian Express"


  • Across the Sub-Arctics of Canada (1898) (with James Williams Tyrrell)
  • The Drama of the Forests: romance and adventure (1921)
  • Spirit Lake (1923)
  • The Living Forest (1925)
  • Miss Florence and the Artists of Old Lyme (1971)
  • Mooswa & Others of the Boundaries by W. A. Fraser. (1900), Illustrated by Heming


  1. ^ "Arthur Heming". 1940-10-30. Archived from the original on 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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