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Art Collection: Works

TITLE: Fishermen Bringing in the Nets ACCESSION # 2000.028.1

ARTIST: Cresswell, William Nichol, R.C.A. (1818-1888)

William Nicoll Cresswell was born on March 12 in England around the year 1820. Some say he was born as early as 1818, others as late as 1822. He was trained professionally as an artist in London and studied with the British artist Clarkson Stanfield. In 1855 he emigrated to Canada and settled as a country squire in the Township of Tuckersmith in Seaforth, a small town near Lake Huron. He had enough money to spend his time leisurely fishing, managing his farm and painting. He worked in both oil and watercolour paints. In 1856 he exhibited his art at the Upper Canada Provincial Exhibition and continued to show his work until 1867. In 1880 he was elected as a charter member of the Royal Canadian Academy and he died in 1888.

  • For information on the RCA and the OSA, see the "History of OSA & RCA" file

DATE OF ARTWORK: 1880

  • For information on Historical Canadian Ar, see the "Historical Canadian Art" file.

OBJECT TYPE: Painting, Watercolour

PHOTO: No

HEIGHT: 27.5 cm WIDTH: 35.7 cm

LOCATION: Wilson Reading Room in Kerr House, Traill College

  • For a map of the art pieces in the Wilson Reading Room see the "Wilson Reading Room" file.

DESCRIPTION: Seascape with fishermen in boats, bringing in fishing nets. Colours used: greys, blues, white, red. Glazed, gold gilt frame, cream coloured mat.. 

VALUE: Unknown

OTHER WORKS IN THE TUAC BY THIS ARTIST:

None

  • For information on how Trent acquired these work see the "History of the Goodman Collection" file

OTHER RESOURCES AT TRENT UNIVERSITY ABOUT THIS ARTIST: none available

WORKS BY THIS ARTIST IN OTHER CANADIAN COLLECTIONS:

University Of Lethbridge

http://home.uleth.ca/sfa-gal/collections/Historical/BSmith.html

Art Gallery of Hamilton

http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.on.ca/edu/singArt.asp?artID=5

Museum London

http://www.londonmuseum.on.ca/Historical/Itinerant/cresswel.html

Sheep Resting in a Landscape (1876), oil on canvas, 46.4 x 76.8 cm., General Purchase Fund, 1992

Beached Fishing Boats (1876), watercolour on paper, 30 x 50.5 cm., purchased with funds from the Somerville Bequest, 1978

LINKS:

    • For more information on Wiiliam Cresswell :
    • For more information on Historical Canadian Art: