Paul Kane

Fort Garry and St. Boniface

c. 1851-1856
In mid-June 1846 Kane arrived at the Red River Colony, where he executed the sketches on which this painting is based. The canvas is something of an exception in the artist's work, since he generally portrayed pure landscapes, First Nations camps or buffalo hunts. Fort Garry, site of what is now Winnipeg, appears on the right, while counterbalancing it on the left are the first cathedral of St. Boniface and the Grey Nuns' convent, which were the heart of the local francophone community.
Artist
Title
Fort Garry and St. Boniface
Date
c. 1851-1856
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45.9 x 73.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Transfer from the Parliament of Canada, 1888
Accession number
102