Indian Canoes in 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 right shore; reflections below. Small brown house with stairs above canoes; yellow and green trees and bushes behind. Faint, distant mountains on left in slightly darker blue than sky above and water below. Image mounted on a light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes Victoria Harbour’.