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Loyal She Remains — Ontario

Selections from the Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana

September 17 to November 27, 2005

This unique touring exhibition circulated by Library and Archives Canada, celebrates the acquisition of art from the Canadiana collection of Peter Winkworth.

Peter Winkworth, a Canadian-born collector who, until his death on August 20, 2005, resided in Britain, had a driving passion for early Canadian art and the preservation of our country’s heritage. He began building his collection some forty-five years ago during which time he amassed one of the largest private collections of Canadiana. The quality and range of the collection attests to his expertise and careful research in selecting art, books and historical documents that provide a valuable record of Canada over a period of four centuries.

Loyal She Remains — Ontario, as the exhibition title implies, draws on this amazing collection to present approximately seventy paintings, drawings and prints relevant to the Province of Ontario and its history. Included are works by many well-known artists, including Paul Kane, Frances Anne Hopkins, James Pattison Cockburn, and Frederick Arthur Verner. The Winkworth collection is enhanced by a selection of paintings, rare books, and documents drawn from the permanent holdings of Library and Archives Canada.

The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections: Conflict and Commerce explores the commercial, economic and exploration reasons that brought newcomers to Ontario; New Lands, New People presents geographical views, depictions from nature and scenes of indigenous life; and finally, Life and Leisure illustrates the growth in Ontario’s population, industry and transportation networks, and includes depictions of sporting and other social activities undertaken by Ontario residents during their leisure hours.

In addition to this outstanding visual record of Ontario’s history, the exhibition includes a selection of documents that provide viewers with a further glimpse into what was happening in our province during the nineteenth century.


Toronto or York by James Pattison Cockburn

James Pattison Cockburn, 1779-1847
Toronto or York, Capital of Upper Canada, 1829
watercolour and pen and ink
Collection of Library and Archives Canada

St. Mark's, The Episcopal Church of Niagara by George D'Almaine

George D’Almaine, active 1834–died 1893
St. Mark’s, The Episcopal Church of Niagara, c. 1834
hand-coloured lithograph
Printed by Tazewell Lithography, Toronto
Collection of Library and Archives Canada

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