A collection of rare prints published here for the first time.
Capturing Canada: Historical Prints from the Collection of EY
Edward G. PhillipsFrom the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth century prints were the only means of dispersing images of Canada. Because they could be produced in significant numbers, prints satisfied a population eager for scenes of a land of adventure and of settlements that promised peace and a prosperous future. Artists obliged the demand for images that appealed to dreams and ambitions of those who would venture through Canada and those who called it home. At times wild and powerful - and sometimes inaccurate - these images appealed to the temperament of the times. The works in this publication are sourced exclusively from the EY (formerly Ernst and Young) Art Collection, one of the largest private collections of original prints in Canada. The first items collected were historical works that captured in visual form the steady transformation of Canada: the excitement and wonder of the earliest travelers in the late seventeenth century, the strategic observations of military personnel in the late eighteenth century, and the confidence and boosterism of the late-nineteenth century urbanite. Never exhibited to the public before, these images covering a span of over one hundred years are brought together to provide a panorama that extends to the brink of the twentieth century and encompasses the formation of Canada. Edward G. Phillips was curator of the EY Collection from 1981 to 2010.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
68 pp 46 ill (40 col) 8.5 x 12 in softcover
$20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.