Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Canadian [1920-1991]

Duncan 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.

Duncan Mackinnon 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.

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art 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

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

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More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions

3,000.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Date: 1981

Medium: 1981

Dimensions: 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower right; titled on the stretcher verso

3,500.00
Estimate:
4,500.00
 - 

LOT: 181

Auction: 2023 December | Hodgins Art Auctions

702.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Title: IN THE CALLING VALLEY, NR. TURNER VALLEY, ALBERTA

Date: 1979

Medium: 1979

Dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower right; titled verso

800.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
 - 

LOT: 137

Auction: 2023 September | Hodgins Art Auctions

1,170.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Title: CASTLE MOUNTAIN AND BOW RIVER, ALTA

Date: 1966

Medium: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower left; titled & dated verso

900.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
 - 

LOT: 20

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

819.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Title: MOUNT ODARAY AND LAKE O'HARA, B.C.

Date: 1983

Medium: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower right; titled verso
Provenance: Gainsborough Galleries, Calgary AB

900.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
 - 

LOT: 115

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

2,632.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Title: APPROACHING STORM, SCENE NR PRIDDIS, ALTA.

Date: 1971

Medium: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower left; titled on the stretcher verso

1,500.00
Estimate:
2,000.00
 - 

LOT: 211

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

468.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Duncan Mackinnon Crockford

Title: BELLE COTE BEACH, CABOT TRAIL, NOVA SCOTIA

Date: 1973

Medium: oil on board

Dimensions: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

Notes:

signed lower right; signed, titled & dated verso

600.00
Estimate:
900.00
 - 

LOT: 233

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

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