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Historic Art | Lucius O'Brien R.C.A.

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On the Lower St. Lawrence River, Quebec City c.1880

Technique: watercolour

Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.5 in.

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Between 1878 and 1880 O’Brien spent three summers in and around Quebec City. He enjoyed painting the hustle and bustle of prosperity against the beautiful landscape of river and mountains. The majority of O’Brien’s paintings of Quebec City from that time are from Eastern vantages, On the Lower St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is from a Western view, probably from the Ile d’Orleans.

A later painting from a similar viewpoint, The Gate of Canada - Quebec from the Island of Orleans, June 1890, is in the collection of the National Gallery.

About the Artist

Lucius O’Brien (1832 – 1899) Lucius O’Brien was born in Shanty Bay, Ontario. He attended the Upper Canada College in Toronto. He received training in Architecture but was self-taught as a painter. O’Brien was vice president of OSA from 1873 to 1880 and became the first president of the RCA in 1880 and remained at this position for ten years. He traveled to the Rockies to paint, initially as a missionary, and later under funding from the Canadian Pacific Railway. “A Dictionary of Canadian Artists” Colin S. MacDonald. 1968. “Early Painters and Engravers of Canada” J. Russell Harper. 1970.
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