John Wycliffe Lowes Forster

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J. W. L. Forster
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John Wycliffe Lowes Forster
Born31 December 1850 (1850-12-31)
Died24 April 1938 (1938-04-25)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Educationstudied in Toronto with J. W. Bridgman; Académie Julian, Paris, with Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger (1880-1882); Tony Robert-Fleury and William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and later, with Carolus Duran
Known forportrait and landscape painter
Notable work
portrait of James Whiteside, Toronto

J. W. L. Forster or, more formally, John Wycliffe Lowes Forster (31 December 1850 – 24 April 1938) was a Canadian artist specializing in portraits. Many of his works can be found at the National Gallery of Canada.

Career[edit]

He began his training as an artist in Toronto in 1869 as an apprentice to the portrait painter John Wesley Bridgman (1833-1902). In 1871 he was awarded first prize in the amateur class at the annual fair of Upper Canada Agricultural Society for his portrait of Bridgman. In 1879 Forster studied for three months at the South Kensington Art School in London with Canadian landscape painter Charles Stuart Millard (1837-1917). After that, he attended the Académie Julian in Paris, studying with Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger (1880-1882); Tony Robert-Fleury and William-Adolphe Bouguereau; and later, with Carolus Duran.[1] He returned to Toronto in 1883 and was elected an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[2] Among his writings are 2 volumes of autobiography and a survey of early Ontario artists.[3]

Gallery[edit]

Works[edit]

Title/subject Artist Date created Medium
Alexander Mackenzie John Wycliffe Lowes Forster 1897 Oil on canvas
John Sparrow David Thompson John Wycliffe Lowes Forster 1897 Oil on canvas
Robert Franklin Sutherland John Wycliffe Lowes Forster circa 1906 Oil on canvas

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bradfield, Helen (1970). Art Gallery of Ontario: the Canadian Collection Collection. Toronto: McGraw Hill. ISBN 0070925046. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  2. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ Stacey, Robert. "John Wycliffe Lowes Forster". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2021-04-01.

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