Born in London, England in 1838. Died in New York, United States in 1898. After leaving England in 1858, J. A. Fraser RCA worked in the studios of Montréal photographer William Notman, where he retouched photographs. He was a member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 1867 and the first vice-president of the Ontario Society of Artists, which was established in 1872. He also taught in his own art school in 1878. His landscapes were highly praised by the critics of the day for their photographic realism. His quick temper was the source of conflict with his colleagues. Fraser left Canada and spent the last 14 years of his life in the United States, in Boston and New York.

Fraser River Line of the CPR - 1886. watercolour on paper. Art Gallery of Hamilton
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