View 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 people paddling a Northwest Coast style canoe with a green treed, steep slope behind on right. On left are two rows of distant mountains in blue and purple. Sky above is blue and yellow with white clouds. Water is various shades of blue, grey with yellow and dark brown reflections. Image mounted on a light green backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘View in Victoria Harbour’.