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Fraser, John Arthur
Pastoral Landscape with Fishermen Pastoral Landscape with Fishermen
1882 1882

Fraser trained in London at the Royal Academy and came to Canada around 1856. He joined William Notman’s photographic firm about 1860 and represented them in Ottawa (1867) becoming a partner in the Toronto firm of Notman and Fraser in 1868. Notman and Fraser employed artists to tint photographs and held art exhibitions at the showrooms. Fraser was a vociferous participant in artistic politics as an initiating founder of the OSA in 1872 and a charter member of the RCA in 1880. A number of young Canadian artists, including Horatio Walker and George Reid, received their earliest training from him while working at Notman and Fraser.

The watercolour is dated a year before Fraser’s departure for the USA in 1883. It is a solid example of his work.

 
Fraser, John Arthur
London, England 1838-New York NY 1898 London, England 1838-New York NY 1898
Pastoral Landscape with Fishermen Pastoral Landscape with Fishermen
1882 1882
Watercolour on paper Watercolour on paper
overall: 30.7 cm x 57 cm
Purchase, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Programme of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2006 Purchase, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Programme of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2006
49-011

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