Indian Canoes Victoria 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 Coast style canoes on left along steep shoreline. There are tent-like structures and two figures in canoes. Blue and green trees on land to left. Sky at top right is blue with yellow below. Variously coloured water along bottom reflects canoes. Image mounted on a light grey backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes Victoria Harbour’.