Robert Harris artist, Welsh born but highly acclaimed Canadian Portrait Painter, 1849-1919. According to Ted Fraser, Director in 1994 of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Prince Edward Isl., Canada, the Robert Harris, 1849-1919 was a Welsh born Canadian portrait artist. This lovely little print measures 7x7.75" unframed. With lovely narrow gold frame and mat it measures approx. 10.5 x 11.5 a perfect size for easel or wall grouping. About the Artist: Dr. Leigh R. Gregor, a professor in Montreal, at McGill University states that Robert Harris (1849-1919) is Canada's Confederation Painter. He painted the Official Portrait of the Fathers of Confederation. After his family emigrated from Britain, he financed studies in Boston by freelance portrait painting and working as a surveyor and map maker in Charlottetown. He polished his technique at the Slade School in London and in Paris, where he studied at the Atelier Bonnat and learned to do landscapes in the manner of the French Impressionists. Back in Canada he doubted his ability to practice his craft successfully at home and was contemplating moving either to Europe or the United States, when he was chosen in 1883 to paint what he called The Government Picture - the official portrait of the Fathers of Confederation. It was a massive undertaking for which he was paid $4000 - most of which he spent in researching the project. He derived no further monetary reward from the picture, but it established him as the leading portrait painter in Canada.
The painting is priced with the mat and frame at $125.00, but I also have the individual print available for $10.00. SH and ins will be adjusted as to which you order. Thanks for looking.
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