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21 July 1838
St. Lawrence River
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Scope and content
The subject is a genre scene depicting figures on a single-masted sailing vessel viewed from aft. In the foreground to the left are two male figures roughly sketched in profile. One is wearing a top hat with a curved brim. The other is a military figure. In the middleground at the right, three female figures are seated and looking to their left. They are wearing poke bonnets with cylindrical crowns and broad funnel brims. There are ribbons ties around the crowns and under the chin. They wear cloaks and their hands are inserted into muffs. [Standing] behind the three female figures and to the right are two infantry soldiers with their backs facing the viewer. In the background are three male figures at the bow of the vessel. The central figure which appears to be at the helm is partially obscured by a mast. He is wearing a broad-brimmed hat. On either side of him are two infantry soldiers. All the soldiers are wearing bell top shakos with diced bands. One wears a hackle and another a tassel. A third has a button in the crown. They also wear coats with cross-belts and wings at the sleeve heads. One has a rectangular ammunition pack at his waist. They are also carrying firearms.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, and family fonds (R977). Copyright: expired/périmé.
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