FREDERICK ARTHUR VERNER, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
OJIBAWA WIGWAMS, LAKE SHEBANDOWAN
watercolour on illustration board
signed and dated 1891; titled on the reverse
12 ins x 23.75 ins; 30.5 cms x 60.3 cms
The Shebandowan Lakes are located to the west of Thunder Bay along the route of the Red River Expeditionary Force (Toronto to Fort Garry). According to Joan Murray, Verner first travelled west to the Red River Valley in 1873. On that trip, he would have encountered Ojibway encampments similar to the one depicted in this lot.
While not contemporaneous with that first journey of discovery, this watercolour would have been based on a large repertory of notes and sketches compiled by Verner at that time and upon which he drew liberally throughout his career.
Joan Murray, The Last Buffalo, The Story of Frederick Arthur Verner, Painter of the Canadian West, Pagurian Press, Toronto, 1984, pages 53-54.
Private Collection, Toronto