The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana - Early Impressions of Quebec

2007-01-19, from Member
Sherbrooke, Monday January 15, 2007 - Starting January 27th, 2007, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presents The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana. Early Impressions of Quebec, a travelling exhibition organized by Library and Archives Canada. This exhibition, comprising some 84 works, will be shown until March 18, 2007. The official launch will be held Saturday, January 27 at 5 p.m.

The Collection: The Peter Winkworth Collection at Library and Archives Canada is a nationally significant collection of rare and valuable art that documents more than four centuries of Canadian history. This comprehensive collection is the culmination of one person’s passion for early Canadian art and is a testament to his commitment to preserving Canada’s heritage.

The Exhibition: In accordance with Library and Archives Canada’s mandate of providing access to our national treasures, and in keeping with Mr. Winkworth’s lifelong goal of sharing his collection with others, the Winkworth acquisition is now being presented to Canadians through a series of regional exhibitions. Each one focuses on developments in Canadian history as they relate to conflict and commerce, the geography of the land and the nature of its inhabitants, and the evolution of Canadian society.

In Quebec, 84 historical works of are presented under the title Early Impressions of Quebec. These works, by artists such as James Peachey, George Heriot, Cornelius Krieghoff, Frances Anne Hopkins and Joseph Légaré provide the viewer with a variety of artistic styles, and a sweeping view of the era’s lively society and the region’s spectacular landscape. Peter Winkworth’s interest in depictions of the province of his birth is demonstrated through the beauty and the number of works he collected from this region. Are depicted: the St. Lawrence River and other waterways, Aboriginal and colonial conflicts, French settlers, fur traders, soldiers and Loyalists.

This is a must-see exhibition as much for its aesthetic value as for its historical interest: The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana. Early Impressions of Quebec, from January 20 to March 18 2007, at Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke. 

A Collector’s Passion: The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana

The Peter Winkworth Collection at Library and Archives Canada is a nationally significant collection of rare and valuable art that documents more than four centuries of Canadian history. This comprehensive collection is the culmination of one person’s passion for early Canadian art and is a testament to his commitment to preserving Canada’s heritage.

A Canadian-born collector residing in Britain, Peter Winkworth began collecting some 45 years ago during which time he amassed one of the largest private collections of Canadiana art. Collecting on this scale requires knowledge and a keen eye, resources, and above all a sustained passion. Mr. Winkworth had all these qualities and attributes, as well as a desire to share his collection with Canadians. Over the years, he has loaned works from his collection to several important exhibitions and contributed to research on early Canadian art. In 2002, with the assistance of funds from the Government of Canada, the National Archives of Canada purchased more than 700 watercolours and drawings, more than 3,300 prints and 9 paintings from Mr. Winkworth’s London-based collection, thus keeping this irreplaceable treasure intact. This Collection is one of the most important acquisitions of documentary art ever made by the National Archives.

This exhibition highlights unique aspects of the Peter Winkworth Collection. Through a selection of watercolours and drawings, as well as through an assortment of rare prints, key places, people and events in Canadian history, as well as scenes from daily life in Canada are presented. Many of the prints are not known outside of this collection. Lesser-known aspects of the print collection, especially the Canadian artist etchings and early Canadian-made prints are presented in a special section entitled the Print Cabinet. The quality and range of the collection attests to Mr. Winkworth’s expertise and his passion for Canada’s history. It is now preserved at Library and Archives Canada for future generations to discover.

About Peter Winkworth

Peter Winkworth was born on April 25, 1929 in Montreal. He attended Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville (Quebec) and Wadham College, Oxford. As well, he worked as a stockbroker for a Canadian firm in London, England. His passion for Canadiana began with his purchase of a set of Canadian prints from his uncle, John Bernard. Driven by his new interest, he pursued acquisitions at auctions and through dealers, mainly in Toronto, Montreal, New York and London. He studied the Canadian art collections at the National Archives of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum and the McCord Museum, where he was made honorary curator of prints. His knowledge of Canadiana collections is legendary among art curators and archivists. His expertise in Canadiana prints, a special passion, is formidable. In the 1970s, he began working as an unpaid consultant, helping to repatriate many important works of art relating to Canada for major national institutions, in particular for the National Archives of Canada. Mr. Winkworth was awarded the Order of Canada (C. M.) in 1983 for his contributions to Canada’s cultural heritage. Peter Winkworth passed away on August 20, 2005, in London, England.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is located downtown, at 241 Dufferin Street. Visitors are welcome from Tuesday to Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Entrance fees : adults, $ 7,50; seniors, $6; students, $5. Guided tours in English and group tours are available anytime upon reservation. Guided tours in French: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
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Lise Boyer
Telephone: 819 821-2115
mbas@interlinx.qc.ca
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