View in the 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 of two people paddling a Northwest Coast style canoe away from shore on right. On shore is a small house with green and yellow bushes behind and a large purple rock to side. Distant purple mountains on left with blue and white sky above. Blue and grey water along bottom. Image mounted on a light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘View in the Harbour’.