George Wylie Hutchinson was born in Great Village, NS (d. 1942). He left the province as a young ship-cabin’s boy. Later he studied art at the Royal Academy School in London (1880–1885). He became a noted painter and an illustrator in Britain, working for such publications as the Illustrated London News, as well as illustrating many works for authors who were at the centre of London literary circles — such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson and Israel Zangwill. Hutchinson was also the ‘Great Uncle George’ to the American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979). As historian Sandra Barry points out, Bishop had spent time in Great Village with her maternal grandparents, and some of her poems were influenced by Hutchinson paintings that hung in her grandparent’s home. (Painting: George Wylie Hutchinson — self-portrait, 1914. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.)