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Inuit man (Sadlermiut?) paddling an inflated walrus-skin boat  


ca. 1830

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 watercolour / aquarelle : Watercolour, pen and ink on wove paper
Support: 14.000 x 9.300 cm (sheet)
Inventory no.: W304

Scope and content

Image is of an Inuit man from Southampton Island, Nunavut, who probably belongs to the Sadlermiut tribe. He is paddling out to assess and greet His Majesty's ship Griper during an encounter noted by its Captain, George Francis Lyon, on August 27th, 1824. The man carries typical greeting goods of an arrow and fish. The people on the shore also display dried fish which will be later offered to Capt. Lyon when he disembarks for an investigative visit.
An engraving nearly identical to this watercolour, based on a drawing by Capt. George Lyon, as well as a narrative of the encounter between the man from Southampton Island and the ship Griper, can be found in George Francis Lyon's book "A brief narrative of an unsuccessful attempt to reach Repulse Bay, through Sir Thomas Rowe's 'Welcome,' in His Majesty's ship Griper, in the year MDCCCXXIV". The engraving as well as the narrative identify the man in the image as being named "Nee-a-kood-loo".
The Sadlermiut perished from dysentery, introduced by a whaling ship, in 1902-1903.

Graphic (art)
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ublication or reproduction.
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Copy negative C-150740
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Item no. assigned by LAC
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Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-30 Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Copyright: expired

Additional name(s)

Artist: D., F.,

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition Title: The Peter Winkworth Collections of Canadiana: Vast New Lands- Canada's Northwest. Curator: Jim Burant, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2006.11.25 -2007.08.29. Further Venue: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2006.11.25-2007.01.21. Further Venue: Red Deer and District Museum, Red Deer, Alberta; 2007.02.17 - 2007.04.15. Further Venue: RCMP Heritage Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan; 2007.06.30-2007.08.29.

Alpha-numeric note
Sotheby's inventory no. W304

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: inscribed, l.r., in pencil: FD

Subject heading

1. exploration.
2. Inuit.
3. Sadlermiut.
4. Sallirmiut.


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