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Anthony Flower
Anthony Flower

Anthony Flower

A romantic view of 19th-century Canada — a domestic complement to the work of Bartlett, Constable, and Kane.

Anthony Flower (1792-1875) lived and worked in New Brunswick for most of his life. A farmer with a lifelong passion for art, he painted until his death at the age of eighty-three. His work opens a window on a time and place now gone. His paintings depict the life that he saw around him in rural New Brunswick and the events and scenes described in newspapers of the day.

For most people in early nineteenth-century North America, reading, writing, and painting took a back seat to the day-to-day struggle to set up homesteads and provide for families. But Flower came from a family and a segment of London society where artistic accomplishment would have been expected and valued.

Anthony Flower's art was among the first in New Brunswick to depict rural New Brunswick. Through his paintings, we learn about day-to-day life, religion, how people dressed, what their interests were, and what was important to them, all important pieces to our understanding of everyday life in nineteenth-century Canada.

Laurie Glenn Norris is a writer, researcher, and art historian. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Quill & Quire, Atlantic Books Today, the Telegraph Journal, and the Daily Gleaner. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Victoria.

Ann Catherine Lowe was born in Saint John and hold degrees from West Virginia University and the University of New Brunswick, where she taught for many years before retirement.

Anthony Flower (1792-1875) was a Canadian artist. He was born in London, England, on March 4, 1792, the son of merchant mariner Cornelius Flower and Margaret Nicholson. Anthony Flower arrived in the New World in the fall of 1817 on his father's ship, the Trent. By the spring of 1818, he was the owner of farmland on the banks of the Washademoak Lake at MacDonald's Corner, Queens County, New Brunswick. There he built a small frame house. In 1820 he married Mary Green, a local woman and the daughter of Loyalists James Green and Elizabeth Carpenter. Anthony and Mary ahd four children: Cornelius, Margaret, James, and Mary. Mary Green Flower, "his dear," died September 13, 1867, at six o'clock in the evening. Anthony Flower continued to farm adn paint until his sudden death on Thursday, December 9, 1875, at the home of his friend, Brother William Briggs. He is buried in the MacDonald's Corner Baptist Church Cemetery in New Brunswick.

152 pages
Pub date: March 19, 2006