Thomas Faed. “Sunday in the Back Woods of Canada”.
London: Henry Graves, 1863. 22 x 31. Engraving by W. H. Simmons. Hand color. Signed in pencil by colorist G. Summer Lane most likely 20th century. Blind stamp at bottom: “Harry Graves and Co. Publishers HOO”. Narrow margins top and sides. Scattered foxing in margins with some minor water stains just into image at right. Else, good condition. A/A
This painting is the second in a triptych depicting the plight of Scottish immigrants in Canada by the popular Victorian artist Thomas Faed. Although Faed himself never travelled to North America, in the mid-nineteenth century his cousins the M’Geochs left their farm in Kirkcudbrightshire to settle in Canada. The painting’s lack of references to a specifically Canadian landscape is offset by allusions to Scotland, such as the pot of heather in the window and the portrait of the poet Robert Burns on the door.