Thomas Brayshaw Kamloops Trout, 1949 signed "TB" lower right inscribed "To: Lee Richardson wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year. from Tommy Brayshaw and Becky. Hope B.C. Canada." colored pencil and ink, 3 1/2 by 8 1/2 in.
Thomas Brayshaw was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1886. He fished the river Ribble as a boy, made it to the famous river Aln and river Coquet near Alnwick, and moved to British Columbia in 1911 at the age of twenty-five. The University of British Columbia notes, “He was a well-known sport fisherman and devoted most of his adult life to catching, studying and drawing of fish...Brayshaw achieved recognition for his wooden fish carvings. He spent his retirement in Hope, B.C. after growing fruit in the Okanagan [Vernon, BC] between the wars.” He also taught math at the local preparatory school.
Upon retirement, Brayshaw and his wife came to live in a house they called “Stackhouse” in Hope, near the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers in British Columbia. A selection of his works can be found in the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Vernon, British Columbia. His papers reside in the Library of the University of British Columbia, Special Collections Division.
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Ronald S. Swanson, "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies," Far Hills, NJ, p. 177, fig. 305, illustrated.
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