The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Object name: Painting
Artist: John Wentworth Russell
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 236.8 x 155 cm
Catalogue no.: O-782
This portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier is one of four completed by the artist. The painting was not commissioned and it hung in the House of Commons for two years before it was purchased by the House. The acquisition was largely prompted by William Lyon Mackenzie King, who was a friend of the artist. The background window scene in the painting features the original Parliament Building, where Laurier served for nearly 45 years.
John Wentworth Russell was a native of Hamilton, Ontario. He received his early art education at the Hamilton Art School and the Art Students’ League in New York before pursuing studies in Paris, where he lived for more than 25 years. Upon his return to Canada, he opened his own art school in Toronto.