STRATHCONA & MOUNT ROYAL, Lord (Sir Donald Smith)(1906)

Three-quarter length portrait.

Present whereabouts unknown

Town & Country, New York, October 13, 1906
New York Herald, October 14, 1906
Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, November 10, 1906
New York Herald, December 8, 1906

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Sir Donald Alexander Smith was born in Scotland on August 6, 1820. He was one of the Canadian commercial pioneers, railroad builders and investors. He became a Canadian High Commissioner and was raised to the peerage in 1897. He owned a beautiful stone house in Dorchester Street, Montreal in 1883 which was often used in later years by diplomatic bodies. He died on January 21, 1914.

Bibliography of sitter:

Beckles Willson, The Life of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, 2 Vols., The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1915.

Donna McDonald, Lord Strathcona: A Biography of Donald Alexander Smith, 1996.

Town & Country, New York, October 13, 1906, reported that Muller-Ury had painted Lord Strathcona whilst visiting Scotland during the summer. The New York Herald, Sunday, October 14, 1906, in an article entitled ‘Mr. Muller-Ury’s Summer Abroad’ repeats this, as does the Urner Wochenblatt, Altdorf, Switzerland, November 10, 1906.

The New York Herald, December 8, 1906, reviewing the Knoedler exhibition at which No. 4 above was exhibited, says ‘There is…another of Lord Strathcona, which Mr. Ury painted in Scotland this Autumn. Lord Strathcona has not been painted for twenty-five years. The portrait which Mr. Muller-Ury painted for Lord Strathcona is a three-quarter one; the one on view at Knoedler’s is a bust length which the artist made for himself.’