Artwork by Henry Sandham,  Walking Through the Snow

Henry Sandham
Walking Through the Snow

watercolour on paper, laid down on card
signed lower right; some surface scratching present
7.75 x 14.75 ins ( 19.7 x 37.5 cms )

Auction Estimate: $1,000.00$800.00 - $1,000.00

Price Realized $780.00
Sale date: March 23rd 2016

Private Collection, Ontario
Century Magazine, “The Founding of Maryland” edition, found in: Leonard & Co., “Paintings by Hy Sandham,” Boston, 1901, page 7
A winter scene of workmen leaving the construction site of a partially erected building. Although unclear in this piece, the dome and pitched roofs of the framing in the background are reminiscent of grand state buildings of the late nineteenth century including the Grande Palais in Paris, the Massachusetts State House in Boston, and Toronto’s Horticulture Building constructed in place of the Crystal Palace exhibition centre after a fire. This painting is in keeping with Sandham’s documentary-style of everyday life in his illustrations and composite photography. “Century Magazine” described Sandham’s works as “bold and original in composition and one of their chief merits, besides their conscientiousness, is their story-telling quality; so far as patient research can make them they are valuable historical data.”

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Henry Sandham
(1842 - 1910) OSA, RCA, SCA

Born in Montreal, Sandham began his career as a painter and illustrator while working as a photographic retoucher with noted composite photographer William Norman in his studio. Branching out into his own practice, Sandham won the silver medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1878 for his composite photograph of the Montreal Snow Shoe Club (1877). He began working on assignment for “The Century Magazine” and “Scribner’s Monthly” magazine creating illustrations for the publications, including an illustration for George Grant’s “The Dominion of Canada” article for “Scribner’s Monthly” (1880). He was a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists and in 1880 became a charter member of the Royal Canadian Academy. Travelling to France, Boston, and England, spending significant time in Boston where he was the vice president of the Boston Arts Club, Sandham passed away in 1910 in London, UK.