page 1 article from 31 Jan 1924 Simcoe Reformer
Famous Son of
dies suddenly in New York
He was credited
with having made the most significant contribution to Art in 2,400 years
The New York Times
, in its issue of Monday of last week, contained a reference to the
death of an old Simcoe boy, who had risen to the pinnacle of fame in
that great city. Jay Hambidge, who will be remembered in Simcoe as Jay
Hambridge, was born here on January 13th, 1867, and was the son of
George Hambridge, and the grandson of John Hambridge, who had a butcher
shop on Kent Street at about the place where John Sutton's shop now
stands. His uncle, John Hambidge, formerly lived in Aylmer.
He became known as
one of the greatest artists and illustrators that New York has known.
The New York Times says of him:
"Jay Hambidge, of 301 West Sixty-sixth Street, artist and
propounder of the theory of dynamic symmetry, which has caused
discussion among artists and students of Greek art all over the world,
died at 9.20 last night in Roosevelt Hospital, shortly after suffering a
stroke of apoplexy while delivering a lecture to art students. He died a
few minutes after his arrival at the hospital.
for his profession at the Art Students League in this city and as a
pupil of William M. Chase. For several years he devoted himself to
illustrating, but he had always been deeply interested in the
contributions of the Greeks to art, and his intensive study of their
works finally led to his beginning, about twenty years ago to search for
the secret of their skill in design, their unerring sense of proportion.
The result of his labors in this field was the theory of dynamic
symmetry, now universally associated with his name.
"In 1920, Mr.
Hambidge published his theory in a book in which he maintained that the
secret he had sought lay in "measurements of areas" rather
than in linear measurements. The Hellenic Society of London declared he
had made the most significant contribution to art in 2400 years.
left a widow, who before her marriage to him in 1889 was Miss Cordelia
Selina De Lorme of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two sons, two daughters, four
sisters, and one brother, Charles J. Hambidge, political reporter for
The New York Times."