Day: July 8, 2012

Canada's War Art: 1812
War Art

Canada's War Art: 1812

The War of 1812 was the first and last time our southern neighbour invaded the territory that is now Canada. But it wasn’t just the British and Canadians at war with the Americans. Even before war was declared in June 1812, aboriginal nations pledged allegiance to Britain and they too fought and died in the conflict. As tensions heated up in North America, romanticism—the emotional art movement of the 18th and 19th centuries—was in its prime in Europe. Artists were painting canvases that idealized man’s relationship with the natural world, and the aboriginal people were perfect subjects for these expressive paintings. Printmaking was also becoming more popular and John Raphael Smith was one of the finest mezzotint engravers of his day. Born in Derby, England, in 1751, Smith was t...

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