W. M. Mitchell

Listed Canadian Artist: Montréal Artist and Achitect, 1881-1955
Sight Size: w:5 in. by h. 4 in. watercolour in one of Willard's hand-carved frames
Frame Size:w. 9.5 by h. 8.5
Signed: Recto lower left W.M. Mitchell, dated Verso 1941
Titled Verso: “Laurentian Scene”, After the painting by Frederick S. Coburn, RCA
Encased within: One of his fully hand carved gold painted frames
Overall Condition: Pristine original, clean and bright with absolutely no flaws

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W. M. Mitchell

 

W. M. Mitchell

 

 

W. M. Mitchell

 

W. M. Mitchell

 

Willard Morse Mitchell was born in 1881 in St. John, New Brunswick. He had a studio in Amherst, Nova Scotia where, at the same time, he was also the town architect. Prior to establishing himself in Montréal, Willard lived in Ontario for a brief time in 1921. After his move to Québec, he became active in Montréal as an architect and artist.

 

Willard is particularly well known for his miniature watercolour landscapes of rural Québec and his streetscapes of Montréal. He carved his own frames and placed a brief note on the backs of the framed scenes. His miniature watercolours were artistically well done and were very popular as small gifts during the time he was producing them (1928 to 1954).

 

Besides painting in Québec he also painted small landscapes in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Italy, Morocco and Greece. He exhibited with the AAM in 1927 and 1928. Williard’s miniature watercolours have now become quite collectible in Ontario, Québec and the East Coast provinces.

It should be noted that Willard Mitchell was the most prolific 20th century Canadian painter of miniature watercolours. Of which, from the early years circa 1919, until near his passing in 1955, Willard was known to have created thousands of his little gem watercolours. Many of his works may have been repetative scenes, but he also produced numerous special 'one-off' settings that he always put a little extra time and energy into creating.

Willard passed away at the age of 74 in 1955.

 

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