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Breaking Prairie in July, Northwest Territory, Canada (Arthur Field's place, about 5 miles northeast of Broadview) 


ca. 1887-1909

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 watercolour / aquarelle : watercolour and gouache over pencil. on wove paper
Image: 51.700 x 31.600 cm

Scope and content

inscription, verso, in pencil, b., includes a small sketch of Arthur's shanty

Graphic (art)
90: Open
physical access restriction
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-013884
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
A167-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 25
90: Open
Other accession no.
1989-446 X DAP

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-446-25
Copyright: Expired

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition title: unknown. Curators: (?) Embassy, Washington, D.C.; 1931-1935.
Exhibition title: Mirror of Canada Past. Curators: Staff of the National Archives, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1972.06.01 - 1972.09.25, cat. no.: no. 23-2.
Exhibition title: The West in the 19th Century. Curators: George Moppett, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; 1988.09.16 - 1988.10.30.
Exhibition title: 150 Years of Art in Manitoba. Curators: Ferdinand Eckhart, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; 1970.05.01 - 1970.08.31, cat. no.: no. 179.
Exhibition title: Work, Weather, and the Grid: Agriculture in Saskatchewan. Curators: Helen Marzolf, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan; 1991.05.01-1991.05.29.
Further venue: Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; 1991.07.26-1991.09.08.

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscribed. Signed. Dated.
Inscription: in black wash and brushpoint, recto, l.l.: ERoper / (on angle) Breaking Prairie in July / N.W.T. CANADA; in pencil, verso, c.: Arthur Field's Place / Breaking Prairie / Amongst the Bluffs on the Pairie [sic] about 5 miles E by N of Broadview, C.P.R. NorthWest Territory, Canada / The Fire has been through - / Note - The distant Hills anthe [?] W ... Hills - very Blue - Give the wh ... thi ... a wash of / Anreolin [?] - shortish ... separated grass all over - ... scrub in foreg[?]d. / Plenty of Buffalo Birds - i.e. black birds - follow plough. A Gopher might be in foreground / or perhaps a Nitchi (Indian, looking on) - For color of oxen & details of breaking [?] Plough - see sketch in book / The yellow flowers are wild Vitches [?] - later some ... wild roses, very red. / This same scenery prevails in patches all over the Prairies for 800 miles N & S of C.P.R. on the / Weid [?] hills it is thicker Bluff (ie wood) all poplar & wild cherry bushes here, their, their are a few oaks, scrubby / [sic] are a few oaks, scrubby / here are to be found commonly,Moose, Blacktiled deer & numbers of Elk. (?) Waf ... . / Wolves & Bears. Amongst these Bluffs, like this sketch, on the bare places are very / numerous holes, the dirt thrown out, on these sit Prairie Dogs & Gophers. / any number of flowers & ... color'd plant / see dried specimen; b.: Arthur's Shanty.

Subject heading

1. work.
2. GEOG - SASKATCHEWAN, general.


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