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Tobogganning at P.E. Island: The Start, 1870, Gift of James MacNutt, Charlottetown, PE, 2003

Henry Buckton Laurence: Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes

Tobogganning at P.E. Island: The Start, 1870, Gift of James MacNutt, Charlottetown, PE, 2003
A series of prints from Henry Buckton Laurence's Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes, published in 1870, is featured in this exhibition.

Henry Buckton Laurence (1842-1886) is a later example of a British military officer who used his drawing skills to record his experience in North America, specifically Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Quebec. Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes was published in London in 1870 by Thomas McLean and contains 19 chromolithographs of winter landscapes depicting settlers enjoying various recreational activities, travel, or hunting scenes with Mi’kmaq guides.

Lieutenant H.B. Laurence, seven officers, and 131 other ranks from the King’s Own Royal Regiment, were detached from their Battalion on arrival in Halifax and sent to Charlottetown in April of 1866. Island authorities had requested soldiers to ease their concerns with the “Tenant League” disturbances. In the end, tenants protesting against a land-tenure system and absentee landlords did not warrant military action and the detachment was recalled to Halifax where they participated in Canada’s inaugural Dominion Day celebrations in 1867.

Laurence’s publication is the only one of its kind by a garrison officer who served in Charlottetown. Though it’s a century later than Captain Samuel Holland’s 1765 map of St. John’s Island (now Prince Edward Island) the land question is a thread connecting these two descriptions of the Island. Extending this thread forward to a contemporary work (also on exhibition), Those Who Share Together, Stay Together, 1997, by the Cree painter, Jane Ash Poitras, we see an exploration of colonialism.

Kevin Rice, Director

Trotting Match on the Ice- Prince Edward Island, 1870
Gift of James MacNutt, Charlottetown, PE, 2003

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