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Lot #125

Artist Lucius Richard O'Brien
Title 30 Below Zero
Media watercolour on paper
Dated 1875
Size 8.25 x 5.75 in. / 21 x 14.6 cm.
Frame Size 18.25 x 16 x 1.5 in.

signed, titled and dated along bottom; watercolour and graphite sketch verso; framed with special glass

Masters Gallery, Calgary, label verso; from the Estate of Dr. Joan Snyder, a prominent Calgary philanthropist; proceeds from this work will help fulfill Joan's wishes to support the University of Calgary. To read more about Dr. Joan Snyder, visit the University of Calgary's Memoriam

Sold $4,095 Estimate $900/$1,200

Biographical Information
Lucius Richard O'Brien ~ [1832-1899] Canadian OSA, RCA
Lucius O'Brien was born in Shanty Bay, Ontario. He attended the Upper Canada College in Toronto and received training in Architecture but was self-taught as a painter. O'Brien was vice president of the OSA from 1873-1880 and became the first president of the RCA in 1880 where he remained in this position for ten years. He travelled to the Rockies to paint, initially as a missionary and later under funding from the Canadian Pacific Railway. See Lucius R. O'Brien, Visions of Victorian Canada, by D.Reid, A.G.O., 1990; E.P.E.C., by R.Harper, pg.239; O'Brien was instrumental in forming the R.C.A. and its first president; N.G.C. Vol.III, by R.Hubbard, pg.159; A.G.O., by the A.G.O., pg.339; for biographies see MacDonald,Vol.5, pg.1413; Westbridge, Vol.3, pg.58 and Benezit, Tome 7, pg.775; exhibition lists in R.C.A.A., pg.307 and M.M.F.A., by E.McMann, pg. 287