Return to Nova Scotia at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

September 17, 2016 to February 20, 2017

[Robert D. Wilkie ?] Wilkinson,View of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, c 1850s, Oil on canvas, 36.8 x 56.4 cm. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, purchase made possible by funds provided by John Risley, 2015, 2015.91


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax
1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS 

Curators: Shannon Parker, Martin Hubley, Roger Lewis, and Roger Marsters

Peter Winkworth was a collector with a lifelong passion for historic Canadiana and he amassed what is likely the most extensive private collection of this material ever assembled. A substantial portion of his collection was previously acquired by Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of History in 2002 and 2005, and the remaining works were auctioned off in April 2015, following the death of his widow, Franca.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Museum partnered to identify the most important and relevant pieces for the Province’s collections. From a rare French-period representation of a Mi’kmaw family canoeing in the Strait of Canso, to late 18th century Abolitionist objects, from maritime battle scenes from the War of 1812, to mid-19th century landscapes of Nova Scotia, the Province’s collections are now substantially richer.

This exhibition celebrates the return of these works to Nova Scotia.

These artworks were acquired through the generous support of John Risley, John Bragg, John Oyler, Christopher Ondaatje, the Nova Scotia Museum Board of Governors, the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, and with the assistance of a Movable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

In Partnership with:

 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Halifax