Indian Canoes in Harbour

About this object

History of use

Based on stylistic characteristics, Doris Shadbolt (1975) attributes these watercolours to about 1895. The scenes are mainly from the Victoria area, and the Fraser Valley. They predate Emily Carr's trips to coastal Indian villages, but the prevalence of Indian canoes and British Columbia's forests, attest to her early interest in these themes, which she developed fully in her later work.

Cultural context

Canadian art; late 19th century watercolours.

Physical description

Small, rectangular shaped, watercolour study with two northwest canoes at centre; each has a small tent like structure on top. Mottled light brown and dark green bush behind on left. Foreground is mottled green water with canoes reflected. In background on right are blue mountains with light yellow and blue sky above. Image mounted on light green card backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes in Harbour’.