Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stepping Out Of Austen

The Last Of The Hurons Of Lorette is the title of this 1838 painting by Antoine Plamadon, a Quebec artist whose work caught the eye of the Canadian governor-general of the time, Lord Durham. The subject was known to white men as Zacharie Vincent, and he was an artist himself, doing a series of self portraits afterwards.

Paul Kane spent time in the West, depicting landscapes and First Nations peoples in his art that would follow. Fort Garry and St. Boniface depicts the site of what would become the city of Winnipeg, painted circa 1851-52, several years after his time there. 

Kane also painted this. Big Snake, Chief Of The Blackfoot Indians, Recounting His War Exploits To Five Subordinate Chiefs is the title of this painting, done between 1851-56.

White Mud Portage, Winnipeg River is another Kane work, dating back to the same period and done, as was much of his work, from sketchbooks he'd done while in the area years earlier.

These were in a display case close by. Panel bags, done either by Metis or Western Cree artists in the latter 19th century.

The Croscup Room is a painted room by an unknown artist in 1845, decorating the interior of a room in the house. The room is preserved in the Gallery.

Mrs. John Beverly Robinson is the title of this 1845 oil painting by George T. Berthon, depicting a young woman who looks like she's just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. 


  1. Excellent paintings. Some of them bring back memories as my grandmother living just 75 miles from the Canadian border in northern Minnesota had a number of books dealing with the indigenous peoples in that area and in Canada and I devoured them avidly.

  2. Nothing beats a good art gallery on a cold winter day.


  3. ...looks like Antiques Roadshow.

  4. @Marie: thanks!

    @Lowell: that's cool!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: that's true.

    @Tom: I can see that.

  5. Hello, beautiful paintings and exhibit. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  6. I love that they preserved that room in the gallery.

  7. I like Paul Kane and much of his art in the many western history books I read. I just finished a David Thompson biography and before that a biography of the MacDougals.

  8. Amazing that they have the whole room intact!

  9. Love all the history and art. I like that Croscup room, makes neutral beige walls seems sooo boring.

  10. What a great contrast in subjects!

  11. I enjoyed seeing the variety of subjects! Haven't visited for awhile so your header is new to me and I like it!!

  12. @Eileen: thank you.

    @Sharon: as am I.

    @Red: his work certainly does evoke the West.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Cloudia: indeed.

    @RedPat: it must have taken a lot of work.

    @Jenn: it really does!

    @Revrunner: and more contrasts to come.

    @Catalyst: it certainly is.

    @Kate: thanks!

  13. The art outstanding. I like the Croscup Room, very nice and well done.

  14. Definitely magnificent art and other treasures that you captured so well ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Beautiful paintings! The lady in the last picture does remind me of Jane Austen novel :-)

  16. Thanks for your comment today. You're right about the spices. They can be moved.

  17. Great art work! Thanks for posting.

  18. @Bill: I agree.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Tamago: Jane would approve!

    @Whisk: you're welcome.

    @Mari: I enjoy spending time in here.

  19. What beautiful revisions to this museum. The Croscup Room is pretty amazing.

  20. Very interesting. I do like First Nation art or here we say Tribal or Coastal. I like it nonetheless.

  21. These are iconic works, aren't they?!

  22. I can tell how much you love the galleries.

  23. A great selection of different pieces here William, thank you.

    All the best Jan