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Historic Art | Charles Jones Way R.C.A.

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Yale, BC c.1898

Technique: watercolour on paper

Dimensions: 21 x 30 in.

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ex. Private Collection, Victoria, BC

In 1898 CJ Way was presented with an opportunity from William Van Horne, President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne invited Way to travel across the country, stay at CPR hotels along the way, and paint whatever he wished. Starting at the Atlantic Ocean, Way painted Ontario, the plains, the Rockies, the Selkirks, then the Fraser River. With the exception of a few paintings in museums and those owned by family members, this collection has been lost from public view.
This particular work from his CPR trip is a view of the Fraser River from Yale, BC. Yale and the entrance to the Fraser Canyon had a lasting appeal for artists travelling along the railway. Bymner, Fraser, Mower-Martin, and Way all painted it. Way painted it more than once and from different vantage points, another example is Yale, c. 1898 that is in the collection of the Royal BC Museum.
Yale, BC is a rare large-scale watercolour painting by Way. It is available after being part of an important private collection in Victoria, BC for over 25 years.

About the Artist

Charles Jones Way (1835 – 1919)

Charles Jones Way was born in Dartmouth England and studied at South Kensington Art Schools. He came to Canada in 1858 and settled in Montreal. Way traveled extensively through Canada and Europe. He became a member of the RCA the year of its inception, 1880. CJ Way painted the Rocky Mountains for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898 after which time he returned to Europe and spent the rest of his life in Switzerland.

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


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