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MARTIN, Thomas Mower (CANADIAN 1838-1934)
[Original Signed & Dated Watercolour Titled:] Shore of Oak Bay (B.C.).
1895. Watercolour, ca. 20,5x29,5 cm (8 x 11 ½ in). Signed Mower Martin '95. Watercolour matted under glass in a recent molded gilt wood frame. A very good watercolour. Watercolour not examined out of the frame. This attractive skillfully executed watercolour shows the rocky shoreline of Oak Bay in the foreground and Ten Mile Point in the background across the bay. "Thomas Mower Martin was an English-born Canadian landscape painter dubbed "the father of Canadian art." <...> Martin produced landscapes, animals, still lifes and portraits in oils, watercolours and etchings. He was one of a group of artists given passes by the Canadian Pacific Railway to paint landscapes in western Canada - they became known as the "Railway Painters". Earlier he had travelled and painted landscapes through eastern Canada and the United States, and also provided illustrations for two books by A & C Black, Canada and Kew Gardens. He was a founding member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1872, and charter member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880, and was also a member of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists (1909). Mower Martin exhibited widely as an artist during his lifetime and his works can be found in many public and private collections, including Windsor Castle in England" (Wikipedia).