View 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 figures in a Northwest Coast style canoe at centre. In right foreground is a brown patch of land, in right background is a blue mountain with yellow hills below. Water at centre and left foreground is grey, very pale blue and white with grey and yellow reflections on right. Sky is patchy grey. Image mounted on a light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘View in Harbour’.