Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
18" x 9" (450mm x 240mm)Date:
1971This is the original Watercolour painting by Ron Embleton.
Archibald Belaney was born in Hastings, England, in 1888. During his time at Hastings Grammar School he became fascinated by American Indians. In 1906 he sailed to Halifax, Canada, and began work as a fur-trapper.
During his time there, he married a lady from the Ojjibwa and adopted the name 'Grey Owl'. Eventually Belaney created a full blown identity as a native American, claiming he was the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. He served as a sniper during the First World War, but was badly wounded in April 1916 and was honourably discharged in November 1917.
In 1925 Grey Owl met a 19 year old Mohawk Iroquois lady named Gertrude Bernard, also known as Anahareo, whom he eventually married. She was a huge influence on his life and pushed him towards thinking about conservation. He started writing and speaking about conservation and environmentalism, and toured Canada and England in 1835-1938 and met King George VI at Buckingham Palace.
However, he was increasingly fatigued from touring, and alcoholism had weakened him further, and he died on 13th April 1938. This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 503, 4th September 1971.