Paul Kane

1810 - 1871
Origin: Ireland
Born: September 3, 1810, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
Died: February 20, 1871, Toronto, Canada

Paul Kane is the most well known of all Canadian artist-explorers of the nineteenth century. He grew up in York (now Toronto) and started his career as a decorative furniture painter in nearby Cobourg. After working as a portraitist in Detroit and throughout the mid-west, Kane visited Europe and spent over a year traveling to art museums copying the old masters. Upon returning to Toronto, Kane set up a studio and took two trips to Western Canada; his first was a short excursion to Sault Ste. Marie in 1845 and his second a two-year expedition with the Hudson Bay Company to the Pacific in 1846 and 1847.

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Buffalo at Sunset
1856, Oil on Canvas
Paul Kane
Ireland, 1810 - 1871