John Poad Drake
Attributed to

The Port of Halifax

c. 1835
The long-standing attribution of this work to Drake, an English artist who spent time in Halifax, is purely conventional and could be revised following further research. But this in no way detracts from its exceptional quality. The artist has depicted the port of the Nova Scotian capital, whose skyline appears on the left, with a focus on various trading activities. The subject was a new one in Canadian art, and the scale of the painting suggests it was meant for display in a public place.
Artist
Attributed to
Title
The Port of Halifax
Date
c. 1835
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
136.3 x 186.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Canadian National Railways, Montreal, 1963
Accession number
9978

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