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The British Contribution to Early British Columbia Photography

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The British Contribution to Early British Columbia Photography

Time: October 17, 2010 from 2:45pm to 4pm
Location: Newcombe Conference Hall, Royal BC Museum
Street: 675 Belleville Street
City/Town: Victoria BC V8W 9W2
Website or Map: http://www.bcarchives.bc.ca/B…
Phone: Victoria BC 250-387-1952
Event Type: talk
Organized By: Friends of the BC Archives
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2010

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Join David Mattison as he explores the role of photography in promoting immigration and investment in early BC and the subject content of many historical BC photographs.

‘Wild and picturesque, grand but monotonous’ was how Francis George Claudet described his new home in New Westminster to his brother in a letter from 1860. He was but one of many photographers from Great Britain who resided in the twin colonies of Vancouver Island and BC in the late 1850s. Although we know little of the aesthetics that informed these photographers, some conclusions will be drawn by comparing their education, backgrounds and surviving work with those of their contemporaries in Great Britain.

Photo: Orlebar glacier on the Stikine River by Edward Dossetter, 1881. (British Columbia Archives)

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