FREDERIC MARLETT BELL-SMITH, O.S.A., R.C.A.
INDIAN FISHING PLATFORM
signed; inscribed “Fraser River Near Yale” on the backing
9.5 ins x 13.25 ins; 24.1 cms x 33.7 cms
Boulet notes that the subject of fishing platforms situated above Rocky Mountain streams, as the one depicted in this lot, was a popular one for the artist. He explains: “The native peoples along the Fraser River speared their salmon and dried them on pole structures.”
Roger Boulet, Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith (1846-1923), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1977, pages 67-68 for closely related watercolours in the collections of the Confederation Art Centre, the London Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Windsor, reproduced.
Private Collection, Toronto
Department: Canadian Fine Art