Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Founding Of The City

 I start today with Lady Catherine Bate, by W.A. Sherwood.

This portrait, Sir Wilfred Laurier, depicts the Prime Minister. It is actually a photographic copy of the original by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster, an early example of mass production. The original's location is lost to time.

Captain Henry Allan Bate is also by Sherwood.

This larger than life bust is of the founder of Ottawa, John By. Because the city sprung up out of his building of the Rideau Canal, and because he was also assigned to start organizing a town, the city first was known as Bytown, later as Ottawa, and he is therefore our founding father.

One of the biggest reasons for the building of the Canal was the legacy of the War of 1812 and the need to develop routes away from the Great Lakes.

This cannonball, used more than once, is one such legacy.

This was John By's travel case, packed by his wife for their journey to Canada.

Thomas McKay was one of the stonemason contractors who worked with By. He also founded the village of New Edinburgh, where he built his family home- later expanded on and becoming what is today Rideau Hall.

By commissioned silver cups to be awarded to the contractors who worked on the Canal. This is the Drummond Cup, given to Robert Drummond.


  1. Boy. Lady Catherine looks as pissed as I do when you take a pic of me, LOL!!!
    Cannonballs were used more than once? Interesting.

  2. John By looks pleased, interesting smile.

  3. His travel case is rather large. Sure he is not carrying it himself?

  4. Hello,
    I can imagine having to travel with ones of those trunks, a suitcase on wheels is hard at times. Great exhibit. Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Iris: a rare thing, more than once.

    @maywyn: it is a good bust.

    @roentare: definitely not.

    @eileen: it is big.

  6. Lady Catherine looks like a pretty stern lady!

  7. Both the pics and the prose seemed extra tiny today, but reading in Feedly went much easier with both larger pics and text.

  8. they established a wonderful city.

  9. Lady Catherine didn't want to pose?

  10. Funny that canon ball was fired back bij the receivers.

  11. Wonderful historic exhibit ~ and photos ~

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

  12. Lady Catherine looks like a no nonsense person.

  13. The men look a bit stern but the lady looks like quite a character

  14. @David: very stern.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @anvilcloud: that's handy.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @RedPat: apparently not.

  15. @Jan: what are the odds?

    @Catarina: I think so too.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Amy: indeed.

  16. Lady Catherine Bate looks quite stern.
    I don't think it was fashionable back then to smile.

    All the best Jan

  17. I find it so interesting to know about the background of cities.