Fenwick Lansdowne

Visual Artist

1937 – 2008


Who was Fenwick Lansdowne?

James Fenwick Lansdowne, OC OBC was a self-taught Canadian wildlife artist. Lansdowne was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. His first show was at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1956.

Lansdowne's detailed watercolours of birds are similar in style to the work of John James Audubon - often featuring a specific species against a largely white background - but his subjects tend to display a greater lifelike quality and more natural postures than Audubon's.

His work has been presented to members of the British Royal Family by the Government of Canada. In 1976, Lansdowne was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 1974, he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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Aug 8, 1937
Hong Kong
Also known as
  • James Fenwick Lansdowne
  • Canada
Lived in
  • Hong Kong
Jul 26, 2008

on July 23, 2013


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