Irene McCaugherty

Canadian [1914-1996]

Alberta Society of Artists

Irene McCaugherty was a self-taught artist, writer, and poet. Her folk-art paintings explore the people and cultural narrative of southern Alberta’s pioneer days in the later part of the 19th and early 20th century. She recorded the daily happenings of life in early Alberta with humour and colour, and invited viewers to enter her world of auction sales, musical rides, road building, small town life, and ranching.

Irene McCaugherty often painted in an unusual dimension, long and narrow. That rectangular shape reflected the view she had out the window of her pick-up truck, as she drove around southern Alberta to capture the stories of the people and the places she called home.

Her watercolours do not conform to traditional one-point perspective, and she found a voice that was uniquely hers, capturing the imagined past and invented history of life on the prairie. She created more than 1,000 paintings before her death in 1996, many of which have been donated by her family to the Lethbridge College Campus where they are on display in the Founders’ Square Space.

For many years, McCaugherty wrote a newspaper column for the Lethbridge Herald called “Diary of a Farmer’s Wife” about cowboy life on her ranch in the Porcupine Hills of Alberta. She also self-published three books and one recording of her stories, poetry, and paintings.

Irene McCaugherty received an Alberta Achievement award in 1992, and an Honourary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1995, for her work preserving the history of Southern Alberta. Her art can be found at the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Irene McCaugherty

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art Auctions

Irene McCaugherty

1930 THE DUST STORM; 1994
mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21.5 in.

Sold for $ 1,872- May 2022
A record price at auction for the artist

Irene McCaugherty

APPLIQUE QUILT (WHEELERVILLE SERIES); 1992
mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21.5 in.

Sold for $ 1,638 – February 2023

Irene McCaugherty

EVERYBODY CIRCLE (WHEELERVILLE); 1988
mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21.5 in.

Sold for $ 1,404 – November 2022

 

 

Irene McCaugherty

1930 THE DUST STORM; 1994
mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21.5 in.

Sold for $ 1,872- May 2022
A record price at auction for the artist

 

Irene McCaugherty

MUSICAL RIDE, THE WHEEL, 1983; 1984
watercolour & ink on paper
8 x 21.75 in.

Sold for $ 1,495 – February 2011

We are always seeking works by Irene McCaugherty to be included in future auctions.

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More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions

600.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Date: 1996

Medium: 1996

Dimensions: 14.75 x 21.75 in. (37.5 x 55.2 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated lower right

800.00
Estimate:
1,000.00
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LOT: 49

Auction: 2023 December | Hodgins Art Auctions

994.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Title: GENTS ON THE OUTSIDE, LADIES ON THE INSIDE, EVERYBODY CIRCLE, EVERYBODY TWO STEP

Date: 1993

Medium: mixed media on paper

Dimensions: 14.25 x 21.25 (36.2 x 54 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated lower right

800.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
 - 

LOT: 35

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

555.75
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Title: BUCKING STOCK

Date: 1984

Medium: mixed media on paper

Dimensions: 7.75 x 21 in. (19.7 x 53.3 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated lower right

600.00
Estimate:
900.00
 - 

LOT: 68

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

702.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Title: THE SCOUTS

Medium: oil on masonite

Dimensions: 20 x 31.5 in. (50.8 x 80 cm)

Notes:

signed & titled lower left

900.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
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LOT: 74

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

702.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Title: HOMEWARD BOUND

Medium: oil on masonite

Dimensions: 20 x 31.75 in. (50.8 x 80.6 cm)

Notes:

signed & titled lower left

900.00
Estimate:
1,200.00
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LOT: 75

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

575.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Irene E. McCaugherty

Title: SPRING SNOW 1920

Date: 1987

Medium: Ink & watercolour on paper

Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.

750.00
Estimate:
950.00
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LOT: 257

Auction: 2005 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

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