Historic Art | James D. Duncan R.C.A.

About the Artist

(1806 – 1881)

James D. Duncan was born in Northern Ireland in 1806 and immigrated to Canada in 1825, and in 1830 settled in Montréal, where he became a professional painter working in portraits and miniatures. Once in Montreal he also began teaching drawing. He took much inspiration from Cornelius Krieghoff, and collaborated with him on a large painting entitled ‘Panorama of Canada’. It is believed that Duncan was a quite prolific painter, however the number of works that can be definitively attributed to him are few. Duncan helped to form the Montreal Society of artists as well as the Society of Canadian Artists and became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1881. While he accomplished many things as an artist and teacher Duncan is best known for his watercolour scenes of Montreal.

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

“Painting in Quebec 1820 – 1850” Musé du Quebec. 1992

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