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 canoes on left with tent-like structures on top. Green bushes behind which turn to yellow-brown at top. Bushes have orange highlights and brown branches. Light purple mountains on right centre with blue sky above. Water in foreground reflects bushes and canoes. Image mounted on light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes in Harbour’.