In 1974, the Lower Lakes Chapter
of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society commissioned an oil painting
of the Steamer Canadiana by Buffalo artist Raymond Massey. The images in
this, his first maritime painting, burst forth with energy, vibrancy and
With the return of the Canadiana
to Buffalo in 1984 with the hopes of restoring the steamer to her former
glory, there was a heightened interest in the ship and its history. Many
enthusiasts who saw the Massey painting inquired about the availability
of a print. In response, the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society (successor
to the Lower Lakes Chapter and owner of the original oil painting) published
a lithograph of the painting.
Born in Newscastle-on-Tyne, England,
Raymond A. Massey is a self-taught artist who came to the United States
when he was 10 and made his home in Buffalo, New York since the age of
14. A member of the Nautical Research Guild, he was elected an artist member
of the American Society of Marine Artists, which was established in 1978
to encourage the preservation and appreciation of maritime history through
Massey’s works have appeared in
numerous art shows and galleries from coast-to-coast in the United Stares,
He is also published a number of
books, and once wrote about historic Buffalo for the Buffalo Courier Express
and illustrated historic Buffalo features in that newspaper.
Mr. Massey remains active, though
he no longer resides in the Buffalo area.
ABOUT THE PRINTS:
Limited edition prints are produced
from an original artwork. The number reproduced is stated and produced
under the close supervision of the artist who insures the very highest
standards of reproduction of the original work. Once printed, the plates
are destroyed and the print copyrighted. The artist personally signs and
numbers each print.
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