Near Kesinck, England

Robert Gagen

BIRTH YEAR 1848
BIRTH PLACE London, England
DEATH YEAR 1926
DEATH PLACE Toronto, Ontario

Take a breath and contemplate this serene green watercolour landscape by Robert Gagen. Born in England, Gagen moved to Canada in 1862, where he began to work in a photography studio painting photographs. A skilled painter, Gagen’s focus shifted towards landscapes and seascapes, and he later became a founding member of the Ontario School of Arts. This work, depicting a scene near Keswick, in England’s Lakes District, was completed during a trip to Europe Gagen took in the mid-1900s, where he spent time painting the topography of Scotland, England, and Switzerland.

MEDIUM Watercolour and graphite on paper
DATE 1907
DIMENSIONS 28.3cm x 21.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0317
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A lush green watercolour landscape depicting a calm river extending into the image from the foreground, with shrubbery and trees along the shore. A large hill is seen in the background with a blue sky and white clouds above.

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