William Notman (1826 – 1891)

Kicking Horse Lake Looking East, Hector on the Canadian Pacific Railway

Kicking Horse Lake Looking East, Hector on the Canadian Pacific Railway

Gift of Mark Cullen, 2021

The Whyte is genuinely thrilled to be the proud recipient of both the watercolour and photograph from Mark Cullen. This immaculately preserved 1887 painting by Frederick Marlett Bell-Smith, R.C.A. (1846 – 1923, Canadian) is one of the masterpieces from the CPR era of painters, who came west between 1886 – 1914. Titled Hector Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, Bell-Smith was selected for the second year of the CPR’s free pass program which encouraged artists to travel west and capture the beauty of the region as a means of promoting tourism. On that same trip was Montreal photographer William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913, Canadian) who photographed Bell-Smith painting Hector Lake.