Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Artists Of The Ottawa Valley

The Bytown Museum had a collection of their paintings and art on display in a room used for temporary exhibits. We start with View From Barrack Hill, Looking Down The Ottawa River, Ottawa City, Canada, by William S. Hunter. Barrack Hill was the early name for Parliament Hill.

 Nature in 1857 Bytown is the title of this. 

Lily Stratton painted Colonel William Coffin's Residence in the 1870s. This building once stood across from the Bytown Museum; today its sole remains are foundations on the other side of the Canal.

Lumber Sleigh by L. Babin is a 1937 work.

Alonzo Wright is the title of this portrait by William Raphael, depicting the grandson of the founder of what is today the city of Gatineau.

Two portraits together by the same artist- William Raphael again. This is Eliza Palmer Brown. Her husband's portrait is William Walter Brown.

Chaudiere Falls On The Ottawa River In The Year 1900 is a watercolour by Patti Jack.

This view out a nearby window takes in the river itself, with the Rideau Canal descending to meet it.

Burned Ruins From The Fire Of 1900 is also by Patti Jack, depicting the Great Fire of that year.

I close out today with Canal Near The Bank Street Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario, by Lucinda Hodgins.


  1. You are certainly a guru of museums and bookworms. I admire your wealth of knowledge and passion of history

  2. The landscapes look beautiful, but I wonder how the man keeps is moustache standing, probably with glue at that time ?

  3. In my house most of the art is original and it is always a great pleasure to enjoy it. It is unique. Even the highest grade numbered print, almost indistinguishable from the original in some cases, is still a print and you can go into other people's homes and see the same picture. With an original it is never like that.

  4. @Roentare: thank you.

    @italiafinlandia: thanks!

    @Iris: they do.

    @Gattina: there wouldn't have been hair spray!

    @David: the little bit of art I have is original.

  5. ...I like Lumber Sleigh, I've seen similar pictures in the Adirondacks.

  6. This is a great musuem. Love the painting of the lumber sleigh:)

  7. That’s quite a load of lumber! The poor horses!

  8. That lumber sleigh is amazing to see.

  9. @Tom: not surprising.

    @Rosie: it's good to visit.

    @DJan: me too.

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Sharon: it is, yes.

  10. The painting of the horses with the loaded sledge is very impressive.

  11. The Lumber Sleigh is my favorite.

  12. Babin's, Lumber Sleigh, is truly nostalgic, and powerful. It well represents the old days.

  13. Some of those paintings are especially lovely. I particularly liked the Lumber Sleigh. That's really well done and tells such a story.

  14. You have so many wonderful art museums absolutely lovely collections here. I like paintings that tell us a story/history.

  15. The Bank Street Bridge painting is outstanding.

  16. Favorite is the 'Lumber sleigh' ~ lovely series of artists ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. These were from the days before photos.

  18. I always enjoy these very interesting exhibits you share. Thanks William!

  19. The lumber sleigh is very impressive. in its own way.

  20. It'd be interesting to see how thing were back then. Sadly, artists are known for painting what they see back in the day!

  21. @Jan: it is.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Bill: it's popular.

    @Maywyn: yes it does.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jeanie: it really does.

    @Sallie: we're blessed for museums.

  22. @Gemel: the spot has changed over time.

    @Carol: that one really struck a chord.

    @Happyone: I like that one too.

    @Red: very much so.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Joanne: I think so too.

    @Jennifer: that's true.

  23. I can understand why it was called Barrack Hill, the military has always had alot to do with the first settlers of lands.

  24. I enjoyed seeing this art, and I like the view out of the window.

    All the best Jan