Tommy Brayshaw: Angler, Artist and Conservationist.

Tommy Brayshaw: Angler, Artist and Conservationist.

  • Image of entry to exhibit area in Special Collections.
    Image of entry to exhibit area in Special Collections.
  • Image of pastel work of Brown Trout by Tommy Brayshaw.
    Image of pastel work of Brown Trout by Tommy Brayshaw.
  • Image of Arctic Grayling by Tommy Brayshaw.
    Image of Arctic Grayling by Tommy Brayshaw.
  • Fly fishing books open to illustrated pages.
    Fly fishing books open to illustrated pages.
  • Fly fishing books open to illustrated pages.
    Fly fishing books open to illustrated pages.
  • Exhibit case 1 displaying fly fishing books.
    Exhibit case 1 displaying fly fishing books.
  • Tommy Brayshaw angler and artist display case with books and rod made by Brayshaw
    Tommy Brayshaw angler and artist display case with books and rod made by Brayshaw

Ten pastel and two pen and ink drawings of trout and salmon by the acclaimed illustrator and artist Tommy Brayshaw are the featured portion of this exhibit. As an angler, artist and conservationist, Brayshaw was trained as a draftsman in his native Yorkshire, England and emigrated to British Columbia in 1920. Although active as a woodcarver and sculptor, it was his illustrations published in the 1947 revision of Roderick Haig-Brown's classic The Western Angler that brought him fame. His work captures the elusive quality of movement in water and balance anatomical accuracy with artistic composition. These pieces were donated to Special Collections by the McKenzie Flyfishers of Eugene, Oregon. The exhibit is flanked by several display cases showcasing books from the Fly Fishing Collection. Also featured is a bamboo fly fishing rod made by Tommy Brayshaw, which showcases some of his wood carving skills. 

Location: 
Special Collections Gallery
Display By: 
Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian and Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager