Peleg Franklin Brownell, RCA OSA CAC (Canadian, 1857-1946) Reading, an interior scene with two girls reading by a window

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Lot 203
Peleg Franklin Brownell, RCA OSA CAC
(Canadian, 1857-1946)
Reading, an interior scene with two girls reading by a window

Sold for CA$ 68,400 (US$ 55,180) inc. premium
Peleg Franklin Brownell, RCA OSA CAC (Canadian, 1857-1946)
Reading, an interior scene with two girls reading by a window
signed 'F.brownell' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30.5 x 38cm (12 x 14 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Victoria

    Note:
    Brownell exhibited a painting titled "Reading" at the RCA exhibition in 1909.

    Though born in New Bedford Massachusetts, Brownell spent the majority of his adult life and his most productive years in Ottawa. Like many of his Canadian contemporaries, Brownell had studied in Paris, at the Academie Julian.

    While in Paris circa 1880, Brownell befriended Canadian artist William Brymner who it is thought later may have recommended him for a position at the Ottawa School of Art, where Brymner had been first headmaster. Brownell accepted the offer of employment and in 1887 moved from New York to Ottawa to become the new headmaster. Married and now father to a daughter, Brownell spent much of the next decade seemingly content with gentle domesticity. Burant writes: "...(M)any of his pieces engage domestic scenes and subjects, and include portraits of his wife, daughter and friends." Most of his 1890-s work reflects his interest in and training in genre, still life and decorative painting. After the turn of the century he began working more on landscapes, concentrating on settings from the Ottawa region."

    Reference:
    Jim Burant and Robert Stacey, North by South: The Art of Peleg Franklin Brownell (1857-1946), The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, 1988, page 24.
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