Maurice Hall HaycockCanada's Arctic Artist
Maurice Hall Haycock

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Introduction to the North and to A.Y. Jackson:

After graduation from Acadia University in 1926 with a BSc and an MA in Geology he accepted a surveying assignment in the Arctic. That summer he left on board the Beothic as the assistant to his childhood friend, Dr. Ludlow Weeks. They visited several northern posts en route to their destination, Pangnirtung NWT.

One was the opening on the RCMP post at Bache Peninsula, Ellesmere Island. He photographed the historic event using his camera and glass lantern slides. With these and the developing chemicals and paper he had brought as the official photographer, he preserved a considerable historic record of early Inuit life.

Over the next year Haycock mapped the Cumberland Sound area of Baffin Island traveling by foot, boat, and dogsled. During his stay he kept a detailed and fascinating diary. On the way home he met A.Y. Jackson and Sir Frederick Banting who were on a painting trip aboard the Beothic. The artists made an enormous impression on him.

Follow the links to read about the various chapters of his life:
Introduction to the North and to A.Y. Jackson
Scientific Career/ Musical Pursuits
Early Painting/The Call of the North
The Infatuation of the North
An Active Philanthropist
Haycock's Memory
Maurice Hall Haycock
Maurice Hall Haycock in his winter clothing, Inuit style.
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