View in Upper Harbour Near Indian Reserve

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 small, brown, gable-roofed building in left foreground, trees and bushes behind. On right is a light brown Northwest Coast style canoe. There is various green and yellow vegetation surrounding building with tall deciduous tree near centre. Background on right shows distant dark blue trees, light purple behind with distant flying birds. Blue wash sky with white clouds. Image mounted on a light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘View in Upper Harbour Near Indian Reserve’.