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31 October [1838]



Place of creation

Québec (Province)

1 watercolour : watercolour and pencil over pencil; 16x24 cm; mounted in paper mat

Scope and content

An interior scene depicting the Durham family schoolroom in the Parliament Building at Quebec City. Architectural elements of the room include three plain columns with plain curved moldings above a square base and a variation on corinthian capitals. There is the suggestion of moldings around the ceiling, door and three recessed windows. Furnishings include two rectangular tables with turned legs, the larger one having a drawer and covered with a green fabric. The larger table has an open rectangular box with a hinged lid and books and papers on it. There are unidentified objects on the second table. The room also contains two fan-back chairs and a sofa fully upholstered in a striped fabric. The windows have curtains reaching the sill. On the sill of the window at the right edge of the work is a potted plant and an unidentified object. In the English watercolour tradition interior subjects are unusual at this time.

Graphic (art)
99: Closed pending processing
23 Item no. assigned by LAC 2
99: Closed pending processing
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, and family fonds (R977). Copyright: expired/périmé.

Additional information

Exhibitions note
Included in the 2003 exhibition Culture and Democracy at Government House (Rideau Hall), Ottawa.

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: signature (MLL), date and title.