THREE WORKS: CAUGHT IN A BLIZZARD, MAPLE SUGARING SEASON AND HABITANT ICE FISHING
watercolours, with rounded upper corners
the first and second signed
5.75 ins x 8 ins; 14 cms x 20.3 cms; 6.25 ins x 9 ins; 15.9 cms x 22.9 cms; 5.25 ins x 8 ins; 13.3 cms x 20.3 cms
While Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872) is well known for his oil paintings of habitant subjects, as well as his successful publishing projects and hand-painted photographs, it is rare to see works in watercolour by the artist. Very few of these are known to exist.
The format of these three works with their rounded upper corners suggests that they were perhaps mounted onto pages of a scrapbook. Such works were popular collectibles for visitors to Canada, including itinerant military personnel and, even, the wife of the Governor General (the Marchioness of Lorne) and daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise, who owned a watercolour entitled Sleigh Riders in a Snowstorm.
These three works were acquired by the present owner from a descendant of a military officer posted to Canada in the nineteenth-century.
J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1990, page 174, and fig. no. 158 for a related watercolour, measuring the same size, with rounded upper corners, reproduced.
Private Collection, United Kingdom
Private Collection, Montreal