Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

August 16, 2006 19:06 ET

LAC/Public Service Announcement: Last Chance for a Guided Tour of the Exhibition the Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2006) - Library and Archives Canada will hold guided tours of the exhibition

The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana : Early Impressions of

Saturday, August 26, 2006
1:00 p.m. in English
2:30 p.m. in French
With Library and Archives Canada curator and art historian Mr. Jim

Main Lobby, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

The tours will focus on the provenance and cultural context of these
exquisite images created by Canadian and European artists over a
period of 300 years of early Canadian history.

The tours are free, but registration is required before August 23 at (613) 992-8014.
Space is limited and be given on a first-come, first-served basis.



About the tour guide Mr. Jim Burant

Mr. Burant is the lead curator for the Peter Winkworth Collection, and has been with Library and Archives Canada since 1976 where he is currently manager of Art and Photography, and Philatelic Archives. He has written extensively in a wide variety of publications, ranging from archives and archival issues to Canadian photography, including an article in the British Museum's Imaging the Arctic. Mr. Burant has curated exhibitions for Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, the London Regional Art Gallery, and the Ottawa Art Gallery and has worked on several online Library and Archives Canada exhibitions. He is a regular speaker on topics related to archives, art history, and the history of photography both in Canada and abroad.

Jim Burant is also a member of the Content and New Media
Advisory Committee of the Historica Foundation.

About the collection

Mr. Peter Winkworth, C.M. (1929-2005), a Canadian-born scholar who lived in Britain, amassed a unique and unequalled private collection of original Canadian art, worth almost $6 million, over a period of some 50 years-a collection that documents four centuries of Canadian history.

The subjects of the works include exploration, settlement, trade and commerce, industry and urban growth, and developments in society, art and literature. Artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Edwin Whitefield, William Armstrong, Emile Petitot, Peter Rindisbacher, James Pattison Cockburn, James Duncan, and Frances Anne Hopkins are included. The acquisition of this superb collection by Library and Archives Canada has enabled Canada to repatriate a significant, rare and valuable part of its cultural and historical heritage.

One of the most important acquisitions of Canadiana ever made by our institution, it contains a wealth of information on the Canadian experience.

Comprising more than 4,000 items, the collection includes

- 453 individual watercolours and 240 drawings
- 7 albums of watercolours, drawings, prints and photos
- more than 3,000 individual prints, etchings, aquatints, mezzotints,
lithographs, and serigraphs
- 27 bound volumes containing prints, etchings and lithographs
- 100 maps, 8 oil paintings, and related material

The works can be grouped under the following major historical themes

- The Seven Years' War
- General Wolfe and his officers
- Aboriginal life in North America
- Arctic exploration
- The War of 1812
- The Rebellions of 1837
- Montreal and Niagara Falls

Some examples of works in the collection

- Chaudiere Falls, Quebec, Joseph Legare, ca. 1840, R9266-546
- Panoramic sketch of Montreal from the mountain, 1848, George Seton,
- A Plan of the Inhabited Part of the Province of Quebec, ca. 1785,
James Peachey, R9266-334
- The timber raft, Quebec, ca. 1868, Frances Anne Hopkins, R9266-278

Some expert opinions

"This collection... is unequalled in its scope to anything remaining
in private hands."

David Kelsey, Fine Art Appraiser, Pinneys Auctions, Montreal, Quebec
"I have never in my life seen, or expect to see again, a collection
to rival this...

I consider this the finest collection of Canadian related material
which exists today."

Jack Kerr-Wilson, Fine Art Appraiser, Phillips-Ward-Price-Jacoby,
Toronto, Ontario

To find out more about the Peter Winkworth Collection,

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Pauline M. Portelance
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 996-6128