William BRYMNER, R.C.A., well-known Canadian Artist
born in Scotland
1855-1925


February 18, 2014:

The artist William Brymner was the son of Douglas Brymner who had been the Dominion
Archivist (now head of Library and Archives Canada). The following excerpt is from a list of university 
graduates who had previously attended the Ottawa Collegiate, now Lisgar Collegiate.

Source: A History of the Ottawa Collegiate Institute, 1843-1903, The Mortimer Company, Ottawa, 1904, hard cover, page 229. Brief Biography of William Brymner, Canadian Artist
The book William Brymner, Artist, Teacher, Colleague published in 2010 by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55339-251-4, is a very good biography of William Brymner and contains many colour photographs of his works. In his early days, Brymner followed the yearly trips to the shanties of the lumbermen in order to sketch and paint in the wilderness of the Ottawa Valley. He travelled to the Madawaska River system in Renfrew County and made the following sketch of High Falls. This work and other very early sketches appear in the Book / CD Shanty, Forest and River Life in the Backwoods of Canada (1884). The CD is available online from archivecdbooks.ca
Early sketch by William Brymner, Canadian Artist
Early Morning in September by William Brymner, 1899 National Gallery of Canada - Public Domain Early Morning in September, painting by William Brymner, Canadian Artist

February 21, 2014: Dear Al So good of you to showcase Brymner, one of my favourite Canadian artists. I bought the attached small Brymner watercolour about 20 years ago. It depicts Ste. Famille parish church on Ile d'Orleans. The purchase was made before I started researching my family history. Later, to my pleasant surprise, I discovered that Ste. Famille was the parish where my first direct Canadian ancestors, Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and Madeleine Despres, were married in 1670. The smaller watercolour is entitled " Wheatfield St. Eustache" and shows the traditional method of stacking wheat in early Quebec. My Joanis, Quevillon, Maheu and Maisonneuve ancestors were farmers in the area in the early 1800s. Best, Mark Painting by William Brymner, Canadian Artist - Ste. Famille, Quebec, Ile d'Orleans Painting by William Brymner, Canadian Artist -- Wheatfield - St. Eustache

New September 11, 2015:
In 1884, Douglas Brymner, father of the painter, was the Dominion Archivist here in Ottawa. Here is the front page of his Annual Report for the year 1884. Douglas Brymner, Dominion Archivist, Canada, 1884

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