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The Honourable Sir Mackenzie Bowell

The Honourable Sir Mackenzie Bowell
Prime Minister

Object name: Painting
Artist: Joanne Tod
Date: 2002
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 131.8 x 91.4 cm
Catalogue no.: O-2172

This official portrait of Sir Mackenzie Bowell was commissioned posthumously in 2001. Painted from a Topley Studio photograph taken in 1889 when Bowell was Minister of Customs, the portrait shows him wearing a richly textured fur coat and dark wool suit. The realism of the subject and the detail of the background represent a contemporary interpretation of the historical photograph.

The Artist

Joanne Tod studied fine arts at the Ontario College of Art and currently teaches painting at the University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various galleries and institutions.

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