Nova Scotia Archives

Mi'kmaw Community Gatherings

Portraits and Portrayals

Mary Sparling and Scott Robson have used the concept of 'picturesque beauty' as a central theme in their book, Great Expectations: The European Vision in Nova Scotia 1749-1848 (1980). The term was first coined by the Reverend William Gilpin, a clergyman and traveller through the British Isles in the mid-1800s, who also practised landscape drawing and "was concerned to show ordinary people in a union with nature." According to Sparling and Robson, this artistic style was also popular in Nova Scotia, where "Although often over-romanticized, close-up views of farmers and Indians in their everyday life became popular subjects for artists and their clients."

Results 1 to 12 of 12 from your search: Portraits and Portrayals

"Commissioner's House in the Naval Yard, Halifax"

Date: 1804

Engraver: Wells

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 225

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"Perspective View of the Province House Building, 1819"

Date: 1819

Artist: J.E. Woolford

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 603

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"Interior of a Wig-wam"

Date: 1837

Artist: Robert Petley

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 57

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"A Forest Road, Summer"

Date: 1863

Artist: Campbell Hardy

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 139

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Mi'kmaq encampment at Tuft's Cove

Date: ca. 1837

Artist: anonymous

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 468

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"The General's Bridge near Annapolis"

Date: 1842

Artist: William H. Bartlett.

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 57

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"Micmac Encampment"

Date: ca. 1860

Artist: anonymous

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 335

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"Presentation to the Marquis of Lorne of Micmac Indians in the Council Chamber of the Provincial Building, Halifax, November 26th, 1878"

Date: 1878

Artist: H.A. Ogden

Reference: Prints Old and Rare Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1997-233, no. 6

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Mi'kmaq woman making basket

Date: 1800s

Artist: anonymous

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 52

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Mi'kmaq man and woman

Date: 1800s

Artist: anonymous

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 58

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Three Mi'kmaq women with child

Date: 1800s

Artist: anonymous

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 59

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"Indian Camp"

Date: ca. 1900

Artist: Eleanor Whiston

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1979-147, no. 82

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