Indian Canoes 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 in foreground, on right; above is a small brown house with stairs. There is a woman standing beside door. Green and yellow bushes behind house and stretching out over water. Sky and sea merge yellow across centre, with blue top and bottom. Distant sail boat and several flying birds. Image mounted on a light brown backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘Indian Canoes Harbour’.