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Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 watercolour / aquarelle : Watercolour on wove paper
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

Graphic (art)
90: Open
No restriction on access or on use for p
ublication or reproduction.
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-150490
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Item no. assigned by LAC
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-393 Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Copyright: Expired

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition Title: The Peter Winkworth Collections of Canadiana: Rocky Shores and Stormy Seas- The Atlantic Region. Curator: Jim Burant, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2006.03.05-04.22.2007. Further Venue: Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; 2006.03.05-2006.05.14. Further Venue: The Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick; 2006.06.16-2006.09.03. Further Venue: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's Newfoundland; 2007.02.02-2007.04.22.

Alpha-numeric note
Sotheby's inventory no. W402

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in ink, verso, b,: View of Halifax Naval yard && - from the South; in ink, verso, t.: halifax Naval Yard from the harbour at... [crossed out]; in pencil, verso, b.: To finish the ship &.../1796; in brush and ink over pencil, recto, l.r.: G Tobin 1796

Subject heading

1. Nova Scotia.
2. cityscape.


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