The first two volumes of Canadian Watercolours and Drawings were recognized as landmark publications in presenting pictorial Canadiana as document. Continuing the tradition to detail Canadian material culture, the third volume of Canadian Watercolours and Drawings comprises artwork acquired by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) since 1972. Included in the publication is a legacy of pictorial Canadiana that investigates Canada as the subject—through images of landscape, cultural events, or individuals who originated or settled here, or those who simply visited the country. Volume 3 continues the tradition of documenting the striking imagery of Canada, as well as the fascinating circumstances of its early settlers.
The works featured in all three volumes stand as the pictorial legacies of the understanding of Canada’s colonial past. They can also be looked upon as the history of collecting pictorial Canadiana at the ROM.
Mary Allodi is Curator Emeritus of Canadiana Paintings & Prints and Dr. Arlene Gehmacher is Curator of Candiana Paintings & Prints at the ROM.