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April 02, 2015 12:01 ET

Winkworth: Major Documentary Art Acquisition by Library and Archives Canada

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 2, 2015) - Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of ten items from the Winkworth Collection sold by auctioneer Christie's in London, England yesterday. This final part of the Winkworth Collection comes from the armoires, cabinets, mantles and walls of the now-sold Kensington mansion that Peter Winkworth and his late wife, Franca, occupied for 50 years.

In 2002 and 2008, LAC acquired the majority of the Winkworth Collection. This new acquisition will complement the existing Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana and greatly enrich LAC's holdings.

The works of documentary art that form the Winkworth Collection provide an unparalleled glimpse into Pre-Confederation and 19th-century life in Canada. The ten items expand LAC's documentary art coverage of subjects related to First Nations people, arctic exploration and economic activity, among other subjects. Included in the selected items is the work of several highly significant artists such as George Heriot.

Quick Facts

  • The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana was amassed over a period of 45 years. It is a nationally significant collection of rare and valuable art that documents more than four centuries of Canadian history.
  • LAC is widely known as the primary repository for the Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana. This collection is one of the most popular parts of the institution's documentary art holdings.
  • This acquisition was partly made possible by a Movable Cultural Property grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, as well as financial support generously provided by the Friends of Library and Archives Canada.
  • In the coming years, LAC will work to make these holdings accessible to ensure that Canadians across the country can benefit from this significant acquisition.

Quotes

"This major accrual to the Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana enriches our visual documentation of Canada in the 19th century. LAC is pleased to preserve this incredible collection and to ensure that Canadians across the country will be able to benefit from this significant acquisition. Special thanks are due to the Friends of Library and Archives Canada and to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their important role in bringing these items to Canada."

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada-Library and Archives Canada

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Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana

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The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

About the Friends of Library and Archives Canada

The Friends of Library and Archives Canada is a non-profit organization that supports LAC in a number of ways, including fundraising for the acquisition of rare and valuable archival and library materials.

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