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Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 painting : watercolour and gum arabic over pencil on wove paper
Support: 17.600 x 21.300 cm
Image: 8.500 x 10.500 cm
Secondary support: 44.800 x 33.100 cm

Scope and content

Lady Falkland was in Halifax from 1840-46 when her husband was governor of Nova Scotia. The relationship between Lady Falkland and local amateur artists is not known. Falkland is listed in society notices travelling around the province with the Haliburton family (the "Novascotian" Sept. 1, 1845; New York "Albion" Sept. 14 1844, 1844).
Nutting must have travelled with this group as well, since 1990-207-90X, attributed to Lady Falkland, notes in the inscription "Augusta... and Ellen N. /with me." The Ellen Nutting sketchbook in the collection of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia contains sketches of both Augusta Haliburton and Lucius Carey[sic] (Lord Falkland).
Half-length portrait showing the head in left profile. The subject is Mary Bernard Whykokamagh, a Micmac from Cape Breton. She is wearing traditional dress and a cross on a chain around her neck. In her left hand she holds an embroidered basket.
Micmac indians were popular subjects with Lady Falkland, she painted them herself and collected examples by McKie and Nutting.
Colour transparency available for C-092811.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Physical access restricted. No restricti
ons on use for reproduction or publication
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-009562
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
A076-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 92
90: Open
Other accession no.
1990-207 X DAP

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-207-92
Copyright: Expired

Additional information

Removed from: Album: watercolour originally mounted sideways with glue on folio 36 recto, now removed from album

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition title: Great Expectations: The European Vision in Nova Scotia 1749-1848. Curators: Art Gallery, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1980.10.17 - 1980.11.23. Further venue: Canadiana Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario; 1981.01.16 - 1981.02.23.
Further venue: McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec; 1981.03.25 - 1981.05.03.

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pen and brown ink on support recto, l.r. below image:Mary Bernard/Whykokamagh/Cape Breton
Inscription: in pen and brown ink on secondary support recto, u.r. below image which is mounted sideways:Ellen Nutting/Halifax Nova Scotia

Varying form of title

Subject heading

1. Nova Scotia.
2. Indian.
3. Bernard, Mary.
6. Micmac Indians.
7. Micmac (Indiens)


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