National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada


November 29, 2006 10:34 ET

National Gallery of Canada/Fundraising to Acquire Works from the 9th Earl of Dalhousie Collection: Two Ottawa Arts Enthusiasts Donate $75,000

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is very pleased to announce an impressive donation of $75,000 in support of the acquisition of the 9th Earl of Dalhousie Collection by the National Gallery of Canada. Following the article of the NGC initiative by the Ottawa Citizen on September 20th, arts enthusiasts Harvey and Louise Glatt responded generously.

In November, the National Gallery launched a telefunding campaign, inviting its members to support the acquisition of three of the seventeen works of art from the 9th Earl of Dalhousie Collection. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Glatt's generosity, the campaign was expanded to the funding of the entire collection of seventeen prints and watercolour paintings. The Glatts' wish is to motivate other Members and Supporting Friends to support this important fundraising initiative by matching their donation.

"With this donation, the Glatts are helping to ensure that these 19th century treasures return to Canada and add to the breadth of the Gallery's collection of Canadian art", said Pierre Theberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. "They are following in the tradition of Lord Dalhousie, who was known as the first patron of the arts in Canada."

For Louise, born in New York City, many Saturdays were Museum days and she quickly learned, "Art is long, life is short". Harvey has always been passionate about his hometown, Ottawa. He stated, "We are delighted to contribute to the acquisition of this unique collection, which was part of Ottawa's heritage and history."

In 2005, Rene Villeneuve, Associate Curator of Early Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada, was visiting a castle in Scotland, while on a research trip, and unexpectedly discovered several extraordinarily rare prints and watercolour paintings, which had been collected by George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie, while he was Governor General of Canada from 1820 to 1828. The 17 works will be featured in an exhibition, Lord Dalhousie: Collector and Patron, scheduled for February 2008.

Meanwhile, visitors can discover three of the works that are currently on view in the Canadian gallery A102 - The Falls of the Ottawa and the Bridges over the Falls, by James Pattison Cockburn (1823), City of Detroit, Michigan, by John Elliott Woolford (1821), and Exact Resemblance of the Foliage of the Wood in Canada in October-November, by Charles Ramus Forrest (c.1823).

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, in fulfiling their mandates. By fostering strong partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy enables the National Gallery of Canada to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments.

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