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Paul Kane

1810 - 1871

Paul Kane is primarily known as a historic artist of Eastern Canada, and a portrayor of early native indian life on the Canadian Prairies. Some mention is occasionally made of his drawings in the Rockies and Selkirk Mountains. It is little known that he also travelled across British Columbia and spent some months painting extensively along the coast.

Well over one hundred watercolours, pencil drawings, and oils on paper dating from Kane's trip through British Columbia in 1846 and 1847 remain in collections, notably those of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Stark Foundation of Orange, Texas. The collection in the Stark Foundation was purchased directly from Kane's grandson for $100,000, after the Canadian Government and the National Gallery declined to purchase the collection.

An extensive list of these works, with titles and dates is included in Artists Overland. That exhibition catalogue notes that an estimated 500 sketches and paintings were made by Kane on that trip across Western Canada, and 240 of them exhibited in Toronto in 1848.

Kane's work received much praise, and the accuracy of his illustrations means that they will remain an important record of an early and obscure part of British Columbia's art history. It is interesting to note that Kane could not have exhibited his work in Vancouver while he was here - because the town did not yet exist. Similarly, he predates the major arts groups in Canada such as the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, founded in 1880 nine years after his death.

Kane was born in Mallow, Cork County, Ireland in 1810, and died in Toronto in 1871.

Exhibitions

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References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

ARTISTS OVERLAND - A visual record of British Columbia 1793 - 1886
      1980 Sept. 10 - Oct. 18; exhibition catalogue; Burnaby Art Gallery
      Also exhibited at the Provincial Archives Nov. 3 1980 - Jan. 9 1981.
      Illustrated throughout in black & white; 3 colour plates; 156 pages; no ISBN
      By Berenice C. Gilmore; Foreword by J.N. Hardman, Director - Burnaby Art Gallery.
      Extensive information on Kane, including list of more than 100 works in collections.

References - GENERAL

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA (refer to H70)
      Includes 3/4 page of references to Kane.

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Extensive biography of more than six pages, numerous references.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      24 references cited for Kane.

Clippings

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