Artist Lucius Richard O'Brien
Title 30 Below Zero
Media watercolour on paper
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
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