Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Canadian [1920-1991]

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford was born in Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. He first started drawing at the age of 13 and soon after won a Sunday Times newspaper award. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art under MacGregor White, a Royal Scottish Academy trained landscape and marine painter. This formal training was the foundation for his tremendous success in both landscapes and seascapes. He painted for Sir Charles Forte, who owned hotels in London and throughout England, and also created murals in the Cafe Royal (London) and the Isle of Wight. Very few of Duncan's paintings from this time reached the commercial market, as he was fully occupied with commission work. His North American career began with an exhibition in New York, sponsored by the Scottish Society of New York City in 1953. He then spent the following year painting in Arizona.

Crockford immigrated to Canada in 1954 and soon became a Canadian citizen. The awe-inspiring view and beauty of the Rocky Mountains so impressed Crockford that he and his wife, Winifred (Wynne) Clayton (Crockford), decided to settle permanently in Alberta, where they resided in both Canmore and in the Bearspaw area. Duncan was an Associate Member of the Strathcona's Officers’ Mess in Calgary.

The artist became known as “Duncan” in artistic circles, as this is how he typically signed his paintings. Duncan Mackinnon Crockford became an artist of considerable renown in Alberta, particularly for his landscapes depicting the Alberta countryside, the foothills and the Rocky Mountains. Popular with local collectors, his work was also found in some notable collections in Canada and internationally, including those of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Pierre Trudeau, Peter Lougheed and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Crockford passed away in 1991. His wife of 43 years continued to live in their Alberta home until her death in 2003.

We are currently seeking works by Duncan Mackinnon Crockford to be included in future auctions.

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A Few Notable Results from our Auctions

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

THE GHOST RIVER COUNTRY, ALBERTA; 1977
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 4,500 (hammer price) – November 2011

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

GRAIN STOOKS, DEWINTON VALLEY, ALBERTA; 1987
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.

Sold for $ 4,000 (hammer price) – November 2016

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

RUNDLE MOUNTAIN; 1959
oil on canvas
8 x 10 in.

Sold for $ 3,600 (hammer price) – May 2010

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

HARVEST TIME, A VIEW FROM THE OLD BANFF COACH ROAD, WEST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA; 1982
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,400 (hammer price) – November 2006

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

CATHEDRAL MOUNTAIN FROM LAKE O’HARA; 1959
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,250 (hammer price) – December 2017

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

LAKE IN THE ROCKIES; 1957
oil on board
25 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,250 (hammer price) – November 2008

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

AUTUMN NEAR GOLDEN
oil on board
12 x 16 in.

Sold for $ 3,200 (hammer price) – November 2013

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

HARVEST TIME, CAROLINE, ALTA.; 1963
oil on canvas
22 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,100 (hammer price) – May 2014

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

ROCHER AND DEBOULE MOUNTAINS AT JUNCTION OF SKEENA AND BULKEY RIVERS, BC; 1980
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,100 (hammer price) – November 2011

Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

THUNDERHEAD OVER THE ROCKIES, SCENE FROM PRIDDIS, ALBERTA; 1981
oil on canvas
22 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,000 (hammer price) – May 2011

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