By Gordon Lambie
Continuing the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (MBAS) project to highlight some of the artists and artworks in their collection that have a particular connection to or significance for the English-speaking population of the Eastern Townships, The Record will be looking this week at the life and work of Allan Aaron Edson.
According to information gathered by Elizabeth Collard for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Edson was Born Dec 18, 1846 to Hiram Edson and Elvira Gilmore in Stanbridge Township. The family later moved into Stanbridge East where the elder Edson ran a hotel.
Collard makes a point of noting that the hotel was near a bank run by John Carpenter Baker, who later became an important patron and financial support for Allan Edson’s artistic pursuits.
Although the MBAS highlights Edson as one of the most significant Canadian artistic figures of the 19th century, the earlier days of his life were focused on the study of business in Montreal.