Cornelius David Krieghoff (1815-1872), Canadian


oil on canvas
signed lower left; stamped with canvas manufacturer's name and address, framer's label verso
9 x 12.875 in — 22.9 x 32.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000—35,000

  • Private Collection, Belleville, ON
    Private Collection, Trenton, ON
  • Dimensions:
  • 9 x 12.875 in — 22.9 x 32.7 cm
  • Artist Name:
  • Cornelius David Krieghoff (1815-1872)
  • Medium:
  • oil on canvas
  • Notes:
  • This charming view of a canoe in autumn is an extraordinary new discovery that reveals much about Krieghoff. With no record of public auction, the solitary figure in an empty canoe on a still and deserted lake is a powerful example of Krieghoff’s ability to render immense scale at a small size.

    Here, and in Krieghoff’s other scenes of nature rendered at approximately 9 x 13 inches, nature is a place of recreation and tranquillity. His Le Bateau à glace, Québec, ca. 1860, in the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and The Artist Painting, ca. 1860, in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario portray nature as a setting for social and solitary pursuits, respectively. In the latter painting, the figure in a broad brimmed dark hat and dark coat evokes the present painting’s canoeist, although it is premature to speculate on their identity.

    The documented provenance of this painting goes back several decades, including a label from Briggs & Co. of Buffalo, New York, on the back of the mid-19th century frame. Briggs & Co. was located at 7 East Swan Street and so named for three years, from 1862 to 1864, when it became Briggs & Howard. Krieghoff, as described by J. Russell Harper, visited western New York in the early 1840s and commissioned Buffalo lithographers to publish prints after his work in the late 1850s.[1] The George Rowney & Co. stamp on the back of the unlined canvas indicates it was manufactured between 1854 and ca. 1862 and bolsters the argument for dating this hitherto undocumented painting to around 1860.[2]

    This delightful addition to the corpus of Krieghoff’s paintings shows an artist at the height of his power with an endless capacity to see the landscape and conjure deeply affecting images.

    [1] J. Russell Harper, Krieghoff (Toronto / Buffalo / London: University of Toronto Press, 1979), 92, 9-10.
    [2] British canvas, stretcher and panel suppliers’ marks. Part 9, George Rowney & Co., National Portrait Gallery, Accessed 8 Mar 2024,

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