Picture Rock at Crooked Lake
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- By: Francis Lee Jaques, 1947
- Format: Poster Reproduction from Oil on Canvas, 22 in x 28 in
- Publisher: MHS Press (1990)
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- Product ##: 1214
Also known as Return of the Voyageurs
Minnesota Historical Society Collections
A French brigade of four canoes, paddled by voyageurs and loaded with baled furs, glides along Crooked Lake, a body of water between Basswood Lake and Lac La Croix in the Minnesota-Ontario border country. Above the brigade tower the cliffs of Picture Rock, which bear faint pictographs made by the area's early Indian inhabitants.
Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969) was one of the foremost wildlife artists of the United States. The painting was presented to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1948 by Frank B. Hubachek, a Minnesota-born attorney, and conservationist. Jaques spent his formative years in Illinois, Kansas, and Minnesota's north country. He was internationally known for his bird paintings, and his quest for accuracy took him on expeditions to the Artic, Polynesia, Panama and the Bahamas. The area along the Minnesota-Ontario border remained perhaps his favorite scenery.
From 1924 to 1942 Jacques worked at the American Museum of Natural History creating the two-dimensional backgrounds and foregrounds for which he became so well known. In 1927 he married Florence Page, the writer. As a team, they produced several books, including Snowshoe Country, set in northern Minnesota and the recipient of the John Burroughs medal for the best nature book in 1946.
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