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 water in foreground, shore on right is closer than left. There is a white house on the shore on right with trees to right. Far shore, on left, shows a large white house on relatively flat ground with yellow and green bushes and trees. Mountain slope behind is dark blue with distant mountain to right. Blue and white sky above; water at bottom is white with dark grey reflections on right and light brown on left. Image mounted on a light grey backing card. Written in pencil on the back is ‘View in Victoria Harbour’.