Frederick Challener
William J. Hynes

Maquette for "The Triumph of the Drama"

1901
Ottawa’s Russell Theatre, designed by the architect Walter S. Painter, opened in October 1901 near the site of the current National Arts Centre with painted ceiling decorations by Fred Challener, framed with plasterwork by William J. Hynes of Toronto. The concave central painting is approximately four by eleven metres and depicts the Triumph of the Drama with allegorical figures of Painting, Music, Dramatic Literature, Poetry, Electrical Science, Fame and Drama adorning the clouds. In two adjacent roundels are the dramatic passions of Love and Hate.
Title
Maquette for "The Triumph of the Drama"
Date
1901
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pastel on emery paper, in plaster mount
Dimensions
55.2 x 160.5 cm; centre image: 31 x 91.5 cm; side images: 17 cm diameter each
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1985
Accession number
29195