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Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: cm (sheet)
Image: 27.200 x 20.100 cm
Secondary support: 40.400 x 34.000 cm
Inventory no.: W402
Scope and content
Work is a depiction of the naval yard in Halifax. Four ships are visible in the water; two have their sails unfurled, one is furled and the fourth is without sails. On the shore are several architectural structures and a Union Jack is flying on the shoreline. In the distance is a hill on which are visible several more architectural structures on the crest.
This watercolour may be either the basis for, or a copy after, the etching "Commissioners House, in the Naval Yard, Halifax" from The Naval Chronicle, 1804, pl. I, facing page 141. See Coverdale 1983, p. 194 for a reference to this watercolour.
Watercolour has variations from print. The figures in the boats are more defined and naive in the watercolour. The work looks later than the 18th century.
Item is taped to a window mat. On the recto of the mat, across b. it reads CAPTAIN GEORGE TOBIN / NAVAL YARD NOVA SCOTIA
Conditions of access
No restriction on access or on use for p
ublication or reproduction.
Copy negative C-150490
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-393 Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Artist: Tobin, George, 1768-1838,
Signatures and inscriptions
1. Nova Scotia.
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