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W.H. Coverdale collection of Canadiana [multiple media] Manoir Richelieu collection.

Collection consists of

Date(s)

ca. 1640-1939

Place of creation

Various places

27 paintings; oil; acrylic: various dimensions.
335 watercolours: watercolour, gouache: various dimensions.
77 drawings: pencil, pen and ink, pastel; various dimensions.
1724 prints; etchings, engravings, lithographs, photogravures, offset lithographs mezzotints, serigraphs: various dimensions.
244 maps.
62 reproductions: b&w photographic copies of original artworks; various dimensions.
1 mss. text.

Scope and content

The W.H. Coverdale collection of Canadiana, also known by its variant title as the Manoir Richelieu collection of Canadiana, includes prints, maps, paintings, watercolours and other material which formerly hung on the walls of the Canada Steamship Lines hotel at Murray Bay, Quebec, the Manoir Richelieu. The collection was an endeavour to capture the spirit of Canadian history both through the acquisition of historical works related to Canada, and more broadly, North America, as well as the acquisition of works by contemporary artists who, with a feeling for the past, had succeeded in recreating significant events or historic settings which have been obliterated by the ravages of time. The collection was assembled largely through the personal efforts of William Hugh Coverdale (1871-1949), president of Canada Steamship Lines from 1922 to 1949, who decided that the corridors and rooms of the newly-constructed Manoir Richelieu should be graced with scenes from Canadian history. The first works for the collection were acquired in 1928 and continued to be acquired until 1947 or later. The collection itself covers every aspect of Canadian history from the earliest French settlements right up to the 1920s, including views of places, portraits of individuals directly and indirectly involved in the history of Canada, and records of events and scenes which have specific meaning in the visual history of the country and of North America as a whole. Among the more notable parts of the collection are full sets of Richard Short's 1761 views of Quebec and 1764 views of Halifax; Hervey Smyth's views of Gaspé and Quebec of 1761; the Cockburn Quebec and Niagara views; more than 180 sheets from Audubon's Birds of America and 99 prints from Audubon's Quadrupeds of America, 145 prints from Bartlett's Canadian scenery and American scenery; 121 Indian portrait prints from McKenny & Hall's North American Indians, published in 185-8; 25 prints from George Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio of 1844; 50 watercolours by James Pattison Cockburn; 23 watercolours by Daniel Wilson; 28 drawings by Charles W. Jefferys; 33 watercolours by Augustus Terrick Hamilton; 11 watercolours by James Hope-Wallace; and works by a wide variety of other artists, including James Peachey, George Heriot, William Armstrong, Charles William Jeffreys, Charles Ramus Forrest, Henry Rudyerd, Charles Beauclerk, Henry James Warre, Thomas and Robert Hood.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Physical access through an Art Archivist
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Textual records
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041119
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041135
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041167
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041155
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-038857
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040656
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041000
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041136
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040116
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041153
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041180
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-038860
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040669
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040660
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-042269
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041172
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-038859
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041140
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041006
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041146
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040081
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040151
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-045568
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040686
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040918
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040879
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041174
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041168
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041142
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040663
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040654
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041173
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041138
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040590
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-038861
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041181
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-095245
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-040672
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-041018
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-042251
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Volume
1547
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Box
020362
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Box
2000778626
2001460309
2001511771
A155-01/X1
A169-02
A205-02/X1
A212-01
A312-02
from A316-01 to A317-01
A327-01/X1
A350/X7
A353/X1
A353/X5
from A354/X3 to A354/X4
A498/X4 Item no. assigned by LAC 1919
Item no. assigned by LAC 192 -- 197; 199 -- 201
Item no. assigned by LAC 1806A
Item no. assigned by LAC 1500
Item no. assigned by LAC 2105
Item no. assigned by LAC 408; 419 -- 420
Item no. assigned by LAC 2199
Item no. assigned by LAC 1116
Item no. assigned by LAC 2071 -- 2072
Item no. assigned by LAC 617
Item no. assigned by LAC 630A
Item no. assigned by LAC 1281
Item no. assigned by LAC 1689
Item no. assigned by LAC 1686
Item no. assigned by LAC 1687
Item no. assigned by LAC 1688
Item no. assigned by LAC 2461
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Box
2000820467
A321-01
A323-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 747
Item no. assigned by LAC 59
Item no. assigned by LAC 122 -- 127
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Box
A217
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
03424
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
04829
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
Volume
137
551
711
1094
1248
1253
1279
1546
33: Restricted by custodian
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

No restrictions on access or on use for reproduction or publication. The Department of the Secretary of State for Canada must be credited in all publications or exhibitions using material from the Coverdale Collection of Canadiana.

- All art items described at item-level in MINISIS-ICON. A few cartographic items are described in AG Canada. 90 (Paper)

- Cartographic material listed in Catalogue of the National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada: Author Catalogue, Volume 13. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

William Hugh Coverdale was born in Kingston Ontario on January 27, 1871, son of William Miles and Fannie (O'Neill) Coverdale. Educated at Collegiate Institute, Kingston, Ontario; Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa. (B.A., 1891; Dr.Sc.1914; Queen's University (LL.D.,1922). Married Harriet E. Hinchliff, daughter of William E. Hinchliff, on June 30 1911. The couple had four children William Hugh, Mary, Hariett and Miles.

W.H. Coverdale began his career with the engineering department of Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburg, where he worked from 1891 to 1900. From 1900 onward, he had an engineering practice in New York City, except for one year when he travelled to Europe. In January 1913, he went into partnership with Walter William Colpitts (1875-1951), a Canadian trained as a consulting engineer, as was Coverdale. The consulting engineering firm of Coverdale and Colpitts was involved in the reorganization and management of railroad and industrial companies, and examining and reporting on properties and projects.

From 1922 until his death in 1949, Coverdale was the president and managing director of Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. He also held senior executive positions with numerous companies in the United States and Canada.

Coverdale was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Consulting Engineers.He was author of "Tadoussac Then and Now: A History and narrative of the Kingdom of the Saguenay " 1942. Public Archives of Canada / Cooke, W. Martha "W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana: Paintings, Water-colours and drawings (Manoir Richelieu Collection),1983.

Additional information

Custodial history
The original collection consisted of 2,482 works, of which 62 were transferred to the National Gallery of Canada, and 25 pictures, including many paintings, as well as 10 maps were returned to the vendor at the time of sale.

Source of title
Vendor.

Related materials
The National Gallery of Canada owns 62 works, which are described in the National Archives' publication: W.H. Coverdale collection on Canadiana, paintings, water-colours, and drawings (Ottawa, 1984).

Arrangement note
Arranged according to numbering system created by the curators of the Manoir Richelieu collection. It should be noted that there are a number of duplicate item-numbers used, and many gaps in the continuity due to material being returned to the donor, thefts or losses which occurred before the collection came to NA, and other reasons.

Reproduction note
All items are photographed.

Subject heading

Private

Related control no.

1. 1943-007 PIC
2. 1943-010 PIC
3. 1943-011 PIC
4. 1944-021 NPC
5. 1957-010 NPC
6. 1970-188 PIC
7. 1980-085 PIC
8. 2000-00181-5