Artwork by Frederick Samuel  Barnjum,  Habitant Home

Frederick Barnjum
Habitant Home

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1859 lower right
6.5 x 10.5 in ( 16.5 x 26.7 cm )

Auction Estimate: $2,500.00$1,500.00 - $2,500.00

Price Realized $1,200.00
Sale date: June 25th 2024

Sotheby's Canada, auction, Toronto, 11 November 1980, lot 95
Private Collection, South Carolina

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Frederick Samuel Barnjum
(1839 - 1888)

Born in Suffolk, England, Frederick Samuel Barnjum settled in Montréal Quebec in the 1850's. During his lifetime, Barnjum was both a painter and an educator. Barnjum was an active painter from 1858 to 1866, creating both oil and water colour paintings of genre scenes and Quebec landscapes. Barnjum's artworks can currently be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Library and Archives Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Following his brief career in the arts, Barnjum would achieve a lasting legacy as an educator at McGill University in the department of physical education. Barnjum would host regular gym classes at a rented gymnasium for McGill students. This program transformed into the Gymnastics Club, later becoming the Montréal Amateur Athletics Association which is currently Canada's oldest athletic association.

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