Fraser with Mr. Miller Up, 1854
Canadian, 1815 - 1872
oil on canvas
63.7 x 79.7 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14609)
Fraser, owned by Mr. W. Kirwan, placed first in the hurdle race held on the Plains of Abraham 18 August 1854
Cornelius Krieghoff settled in Quebec City in 1853, then began the most productive period of his career. Encouraged by his patrons, he began exploring new genres. Although he depicted horse-drawn vehicles frequently, this is his only equestrian portrait. "Fraser" was probably commissioned by the horse's owner after it won a steeplechase race held in August 1854 on the Plains of Abraham, where this scene is set. The horizon line is low, and animal and rider stand out against a vast sky. The artist has shown considerable skill in suggesting a diversity of textures.