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He was born in Surbiton, England, and arrived in Vancouver in 1903 with his family. He was a founding member of the Vancouver Studio Club, and was one of its art teachers.
Judge exhibited in Vancouver, starting at least as early as 1903 in a group exhibition with T.W. Fripp and James Blomfield. In 1905 Judge, who became a noted marine artist, painted a series of watercolours of the early Union Steamship fleet. The paintings hung on the walls of the company's boardroom and the office of Gerald Rushton for many years, and were donated to Rushton after the company ceased operations. The paintings are now held by the Museum of Vancouver.
Judge advertised in Westward Ho! magazine for his School of Art in 1907, with a by-line noting that he was "certificated South Kensington, London, Eng."
Judge married Hilda Irene Myra Haynes Hutchinson in Vancouver on August 27, 1912.
Judge taught for the Vancouver School Board, starting in 1917 and continuing until his retirement in 1941. He was appointed Supervisor of Drawing in 1925 when Charles H. Scott moved to the new art school.
In 1924 Judge was Chairman of the High School Art Section, at the Sectional Programme of the Annual Teacher's Convention. (per B.C. teacher, March 1924). He exhibited his work in 1924 and 1926 at the Vancouver Exhibition. In 1925 Judge collaborated with Charles H. Scott and W.P. Weston to write and illustrate a teacher's Manual of Drawing and Design for Elementary and High Schools.
Judge showed his artwork in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1932 - 1934, 1937 - 1939, and in 1941, 1943, 1947, and 1949. He also showed work in the B.C. Artists Christmas exhibition at the Gallery in 1933.
Judge continued to exhibit for many years with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibitions, including 1942 and 1943.
|1942 May 26 - June 14||Solo exhibition (18 pictures)||VAG|
|1909 April 20 - 28||BCSFA First Annual Exhibition||The Lions|
|Evening, Howe Sound|
|The Lowland Road|
|Vancouver, From The Indian Mission|
|A Fresh Breeze|
|Waterfall, Lynne Creek|
|1909 June 19 - July 17||Studio Club Exhibition of Pictures||A Grey Morning|
|Near Second Beach|
|Evening, English Bay|
|Through the Narrows|
|1909 November||BCSFA Second Exhibition||Head of the Inlet|
|Back From the Orient|
|Haunt of the Ravens|
|Entrance to Esquimalt|
|From Albert Head, Victoria|
|The Arbutus Tree|
|1910 May||BCSFA Third Exhibition||The Fishing Boat|
|Near Campbell River|
|When the Tide is Out|
|Sunset in the Harbour|
|Signs of Rain|
|In the Park|
|1912 Nov. 25 - 30||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||Moonlight, Egypt|
|On the Nile|
|1915 April||BCSFA Works by Members||Egypt|
|The Chinese Junk|
|The Old Hulk|
|Sunset, Indian Ocean|
|1920 September 18 - 25||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||Quiet Anchorage|
|Close of Day|
|1921 Sept. 19 - 24||BCSFA 13th Annual||Cabin Morning|
|Across the Gulf|
|1922 Sept. 16 - 23||BCSFA 14th Annual||Lumber|
|1924 May 3 - 17||BCSFA 16th Annual||The Old Wagon|
|Sunlight and Shadow|
|Waiting for the Tide|
|The Landing, Valdez Island|
|1924 Aug. 9 - 16||Vancouver Exhibition Annual Exhibition||The Sailing Ship|
|Waiting for the Tide|
|1925 May 9 - 16||BCSFA 17th Annual||Among the Islands|
|Night and Phosphorescence|
|"The Symphony Orchestra"|
|The Path Through the Wood|
|1926 May 8 - 15||BCSFA 18th Annual||One Summer Day|
|Under the Trees|
|1927 June 10 - 25||BCSFA 19th Annual||At the Edge of the Woods|
|Night in Summer|
|1929 May 18 - June 8||BCSFA 21st Annual||The Lighthouse|
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||Northern Lights|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Night|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Night|
|1933 June 3 - 11||VAG BCSFA 23rd Annual||Degnen Cove|
|Amongst the Islands|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Race Rocks|
|Wind and Sea|
|1933 Dec. 1 - 17||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||The Sailing Ship|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Moonlight|
|1934 ? - ?||VAG B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition||Moonlight|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Fish Boats|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Bucking the Tide|
|Across the Gulf|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||The Southeaster|
|Drifting Through the Smoke|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Mt. Baker|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Reflections|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Sunset and Moonrise|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Sunshine and Shadow|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Gulf Islands|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Running with the Tide|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||Storm, Howe Sound|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Night, Vancouver Harbour|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Night on the Boom|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Evening, West Bay, Howe Sound|
|Early Morning, Fulford Harbour, Vancouver Island|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||Dying Nets, Musgrave's Landing|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Vancouver Harbour 1919|
|Early Morning - Fulford Harbour V.I.|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
AN EXHIBITION OF OUR COLLECTION OF
EARLY WESTERN CANADIAN WATERCOLORS (refer to UL78)
BEYOND THE CANVAS - Artists, Stories and the Sea by Jennifer Breckon and
James P. Delgado
Featuring the Mary and Bill Everett Family Collection
2000, ISBN 0-9695221-4-2; exhibition at the Vancouver Martime Museum; illust. in colour
Includes Foreword by Patricia E. Bovey, Introduction by James P. Delgado; list of works
Essay A Collector Recollects by Bill Everett
Exhibition included work by Judge
MANUAL OF DRAWING AND DESIGN FOR ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS
by W.P. Weston, Charles H. Scott, S.P. Judge
1925, Authorized by the Dept. of Education of B.C.; Nelson & Sons, Toronto
Text and illustrations by Judge, Scott, and Weston; edited by Charles H. Scott
VANCOUVER CITY SCHOOLS - TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT 1925
23rd Annual Report; Published by the Board of School Trustees, City of Vancouver
136 pages illustrated; soft cover with drawing by Charles H. Scott
Includes School of Decorative and Applied Arts Report by G.T. Sharp page 95,
Also includes Drawing Report by S.P. Judge page 85.
Art school references pages 10, 19, 26, art class photos pages 96 and 97
Also complete statistics on students, attendance, buildings, teachers, courses, etc.
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors
(surprisingly, not listed in McMann's Biographical Index of Canadian Artists, nor Macdonald)
VANCOUVER CITY ARCHIVES, ADD MSS 54: Vol. 13, J78
Interview with Judge by Major J.S. Matthews.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1907-17 (refer to DIR)
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS) marriage, death
"S.P. Judge has also good local views, "Return Through the Narrows" and others
distinctly interesting and meritorious."
From "The Studio Club Autumn Exhibition", by Felix Penne
B.C. Saturday Sunset, October 30 1909
"S.P. Judge has also had local inspiration and "The Old Shack" (15),
"Entering The Harbour" (18), and "Golden Evening" (19), are happy bits."
"Vancouver Studio Club", by Felix Penne
B.C. Saturday Sunset, November 6 1909
"The Studio Club, then as now, conducted classes for the teaching of art,
S.P. Judge and J. MacKintosh being successively its instructors."
From "Art in British Columbia", by
Opportunities Magazine, 1910
"S.P. Judge, before mentioned, has made a special study of marine painting.
He is also an able and brilliant artist in black and white, and a competent
scenic artist. As secretary of the B.C.S.F.A., he has done very valuable service,
while his ability as a teacher has been fully recognized."
From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy
Opportunities Magazine, 1910
"In "The Arbutus", a rather large watercolor, Mr. S.P. Judge displays the influence
of a certain school of modern British colorists who had a
considerable vogue in the New English Art Club in London a couple of seasons ago. In
this picture No. (8?), the drawing is really subsidiary to the color and as an
adventure the effort is decidedly interesting, containing more study of effect than
appears on the surface. Except as a means of estimating the size of the tree portrayed,
the figure introduced is not of great significance. In a small pastel entitled "Shacks",
No. (56?) Mr. Judge has made the best of an indigenous subject."
From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916
"S.P. Judge, foster-father of the society, is seen
with good effect in his "B.C. Coast." His sky is well done and his portrayal of
the lonely coast excellent. He has also three other pictures."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts", by Diogenes
Vancouver Daily Province, November 13 1930
"The Judge Family is well represented with S.P. Judge and
the Misses Grace and May P. Judge
From "Bargains in Art"
Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
S.P. Judge ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
" ... together with oil and watercolour paintings by ...
S.P. Judge ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"The new executive committee is composed of ... S.P. Judge ... and
S.P. Judge were elected life members."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... S.P. Judge ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... S.P. Judge ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"Spencer Percival Judge, 82. Former art supervisor for Vancouver Schools.
Died Thursday. (26th) Made his living as a free lance artist. Joined
Vancouver school system in 1917; retired 1941. One of the founders of the
B.C. Society of Fine Arts. Born in Surrey, England and came to Vancouver
in 1903. Funeral was held today, Harron Bros. Ltd. Chapel; cremation. 3 sisters
Miss R. Judge, Vancouver; Miss M.P. and Miss G. Judge in North Vancouver;
2 brothers Frank in North Vancouver; Harry in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Vancouver Province, April 30 1956 p 34 col 5
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