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Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 4.300 x 5.500 cm
Image: 4.300 x 5.500 cm
Secondary support: 43.000 x 33.100 cm
Scope and content
Four ladies in evening dress. The sketch is quite small and the drawing not detailed. They are distinguished by height, hair, and dress style. Their different heights suggest different ages -- one might be a girl. The people were probably known to Haliburton and Lady Falkland, they may be Emma's four sisters. This might have been Falkland's interest in the work.
Lady Falkland was the wife of Lucius Bentinck Cary. They lived in Halifax while he was governor of Nova Scotia, from 1840-46. As the wife of the governor, Falkland would have been at the centre of Halifax's social elite.
Emma Haliburton (artists file #705-897) was the daughter of T. C. Haliburton (1796-1865). The fourth of five daughters, she was born before 1829. Her father cultivated Lord Falkland's friendship in order to secure his posting to the supreme court of Nova Scotia. Haliburton gained entrance to the Falkland's social circle through his friendship with Lieut-Col. Charles Richard Fox, who was married to Lady Falkland's sister Mary.
Emma later married Rev. J. Bainbridge Smith. She also executed 1990-207-86X and -107X, both illustrating social events.
The inscription on the secondary support is in Lady Falkland's handwriting.
Copy negative C-003419
A076-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 106
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-207-106
Artist: Haliburton, Emma.
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Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pen and brown ink on secondary support recto, l.r. below 1990-207-107X:Emma Haliburton
1. Nova Scotia.
4. SUBJ - COSTUMES, ACTIVITIES - SPORTS & AMUSEMENTS, DANCING.
5. SUBJ - COSTUMES, REGIONS - MARITIMES - CA. 1860?
6. SUBJ - SPORTS & AMUSEMENTS, DANCING - BALLS.
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