FREDERICK SIMPSON COBURN, R.C.A.
THE COUNTRY DOCTOR
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘37
14.5 ins x 17 ins; 36.8 cms x 43.2 cms
At certain points in his career, Coburn had supported himself as an illustrator, establishing his reputation with the 1897 publication of the illustrated volume of W. H. Drummond’s The Habitant. It is in an illustration from Drummond’s 1901 volume, Johnnie Courteau, that Coburn first approaches the subject of the country doctor. Coburn’s earlier illustrated work shows the development of a visual vocabulary for describing the lives and work of the people of Quebec which he used to advantage throughout his career.
Evelyn Lloyd Coburn, F. S. Coburn: Beyond the Landscape, The Boston Mills Press, North York, 1996, pages 75-89.
Loch Mayberry Fine Art Inc., Winnipeg
Private Collection, Montreal