Historic Art | Frederick Arthur Verner R.C.A.

Ojibway indians on rainy river 1879 oc 22

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Ojibway Indians on Rainy River, 1879

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 22.25x40 in.

About the Artist

Frederick A.Verner (1836 – 1928)

Frederick Verner was born in Ontario in 1836. Verner traveled to England in 1856 to study art at the South Kensington School of Art. While in England he served for the British army. Upon his return to Canada in 1862 he opened a studio in Toronto. During his time spent in Canada he painted many fine portraits of the native people as well as native scenes and landscapes. Although Paul Kane was much older, they became close friends in the artists later years and it is widely thought that Verner replaced Kane as Canada’s most accomplished artist. Verner was well exhibited throughout his life; showing with RCA from its founding in 1880 until 1927, and with the OSA until 1911. He also exhibited with the Art Association of Montréal from 1872 to 1922. Verner even exhibited his scenes of Canada with Buffalo Bill’s show in London. Verner is best known for his paintings of native people and native scenes.

“The Last Buffalo: The Work of Frederick Arthur Verner, Painter of the Northwest” Joan Murray. 1984

“A Dictionary of Canadian Artists” Colin S. MacDonald. 1968.

“Early Painters and Engravers of Canada” J. Russell Harper. 1970.


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