James Fenwick Lansdowne (1937-2008) was a Canadian wildlife artist renowned for his watercolour depictions of birds, which are at once scientifically observed but full of individual artistic character. We are delighted to present two lithograph prints, Varied Thrush, and Eastern Rail, which were hand-drawn by Lansdowne onto prepared lithographic stones and printed at Open Studio in 1976. In that same year, Lansdowne was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Lansdowne’s first exhibition was held at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1956, and throughout his career, his works were shown around the world. His work is included in many prestigious collections, including the Royal Ontario Museum; Beaverbrook Art Gallery; Audubon House, New York; and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Hear printmaker Otis Tamasauskas recall his experience of working with James Fenwick Lansdowne at Open Studio in this archive interview from 2022.