Paul Kane's Cobourg 1833-1834

Creator(s): Art Gallery of Northumberland

Paul Kane represents Northumberland County's rich tradition of resident artists, a tradition that spans the area's history from first settlement to present day. Kane may have found his fortune as the most famous of all Canadian artist-explorers after travelling across North America and abroad, but his powers of observation and portraiture originated more humbly in Cobourg and Northumberland County.

Paul Kane's Portraiture

This Community Memories Exhibit, Paul Kane's Cobourg, 1833-1834 features some of the early portraits that Kane painted to supplement his income as a furniture painter, as well as examples of the furniture typical of Clench furniture makers. Visual images of Cobourg and surrounding Northumberland County, the town's prominent figures and examples of art work done by Paul's wife, Harriet Clench, add context to Kane's work.

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