Antique (1890s) Thomas Mower Martin original signed oil on canvas painting in a gilt wood frame. Waves crashing against the shoreline.
About the artist: Thomas Mower Martin (1838–1934) was an important English-born Canadian landscape painter dubbed "the Father of Canadian art". Martin was best known for painting Canadian landscapes as well as a few works featuring his own dogs. Martin was one of a group of artists given passes by the Canadian Pacific Railway to paint landscapes in western Canada and this group came to be known as the "Railway Painters". Earlier he had travelled and painted landscapes through eastern Canada and the United States, and also provided illustrations for two books by A & C Black, Canada and Kew Gardens. He was a founding member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1872 and charter member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880. Martin was also a member of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists (1909). Mower Martin exhibited widely as an artist during his lifetime and his works can be found in many public and private collections, including Windsor Castle in England.
Condition: The painting itself is in VERY GOOD! overall condition but does show some signs of wear and some marks and scratches. It could use a cleaning by a professional in this area. There are a couple small paint chips | flecks. The gilt-wood frame shows wear, marks and chipping throughout. The backside of the frame has remnants of a label that reads "Smith's Art Store. Goderich, Ont". Martin's signature, appearing on the bottom left of the canvas, is clear and legible. The frame probably dates to the 1930s-1940s.
Approximate measurements: 18 5/8" x 14 3/4 inside a gilt-wood frame.
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