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Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 27.800 x 20.200 cm
Image: 27.800 x 20.200 cm
Secondary support: cm
Scope and content
This is related to 1990-207-87 and -104. The support is of the same size and type, and the script on the verso seems to be of the same hand. It is unlikely that Lady Falkland is the artist: the script is not hers, and the technique seems different. It was probably executed during her stay in Halifax while her husband was governor of Nova Scotia (1840-46).
The sketch shows several figures on a steam boat wharf, presumably waiting for a steamer. The artist was interested in the variety of things and people on the wharf. There are eight men, two women and one child, as well as two dorys, a canoe, and miscellaneous goods in the work. Several boats have been moored against the wharf on the other side.
There is a group of Micmac indians sitting next to the boats. The man wears a black hat and the two women are distinguished by traditional headress. One holds a young child. Other figures wearing European dress are scattered around the wharf. Two men wearing red coats sit on the edge of the wharf next to what might be fishing floats.
Water transportation was an important aspect of life in 19th century Nova Scotia. This scene represents one that Lady Falkland would have seen frequently during her travels in the province.
Copy negative C-117697
A076-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 91
1990-207 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-207-91
Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pencil on support verso, l.c.:Sketch on/Steam Boat Wharf
1. Nova Scotia.
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