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Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 17.200 x 13.500 cm
Image: 17.200 x 13.500 cm
Secondary support: 43.000 x 33.100 cm
Scope and content
A group of ten women and four men in evening dress. At least two of the men are wearing sashes indicating royal or military status. The figures are strung across the page with no indication of the setting. They are meant to be engaging in conversation although none seem to make eye contact.
Haliburton is interested in the small details that individualize figures. All of the women are distinguished by hair and dress style. One woman has a double chin, the man beside her has a beakish nose. Two women, c.r., are probably sisters. They are wearing the same dress and have similar features. An old woman, c.l., stands out with her warm shawl, lace cap, and ear trumpet.
The majority of the figures are seen full-face, in profile, or from the rear. Only one woman is shown in three-quarter view.
Lady Falkland was married to Lucius Bentinck Cary, who was the governor of Nova Scotia from 1840-46. As the wife of the governor, Falkalnd 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 was later married to Rev. J. Bainbridge Smith. She also executed 1990-207-86X and -106X, both illustrations of social life.
The inscription on the secondary support is in Lady Falkland's handwriting.
C-003419 Item no. assigned by LAC 106 -- 107
Item no. assigned by LAC 106
1990-207 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-207-107
Artist: Haliburton, Emma.
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Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pen and brown ink on secondary support recto, l.r. under image: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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