Carl Ahrens (1862-1936)

This oil painting by Carl Ahrens was given the place of honor at the biennial exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1893, and was also shown in that same year at the Chicago World's Columbian Exhibition.

It is a portrait of a baby sleeping peacefully while cradled in a fisherman's net hanging from a wall. Ahrens used his own son, Robert Laird Ahrens (1888-1969) as a model for this painting.

I have read two different accounts for where this painting may have ended up. At one time it hung in the Cawthra Mansion in Toronto. Ahrens' son, Robert, the model for the painting, told his daughter that the painting was hanging in a government building in Brussels, Belgium.

Cradled in the Net / The Fisherman's Child