Series PDP08918 - Blank Ontario Drawing Book No. 1. Nass River, Q.C.I. sketchbook

Barren landscape Mountains and water Abstract landscape Forest Upturned tree root Upturned tree root Mountains and shoreline Cabin and trees Trees and tree stumps Forest clearing Tree root and landscape Landscape Trees Raven figure on top of monumental pole Beaver and frog, section of monumental pole Raven figure on top of monumental pole Raven figure on top of monumental pole Skedans Skedans Skedans Skedans Skedans Skedans Skedans Landscape, water foreground Landscape, water foreground Trees Forest at water's edge Trees Water, forest, mountain
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Blank Ontario Drawing Book No. 1. Nass River, Q.C.I. sketchbook

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Q.C.I. short for Queen Charlotte Islands, now known as Haida Gwaii.

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Emily Carr

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  • Source of title proper: The commercial name of this sketchbook is Blank Ontario Drawing Book No. 1. Published by W.J. Gage and Co. Ltd. Toronto. Carr has labelled the book as "Nass River, Q.C. I." in block letters on top right of front cover.
  • Statements of responsibility: The sketches in this book are all by Carr's hand.

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  • [1928] (Creation)

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1 sketchbook containing 44 drawings; 15.0 cm x 23.8 cm

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Received by bequest from Carr to her literary executor and friend, Ira Dilworth. This sketchbook along with other sketchbooks, drawings, watercolours, textual materials and books was housed in Carr's old steamer trunk.
When Dilworth died he bequeathed this material to his two adopted daughters (and nieces), Phylis Inglis and Edna Parnall who divided the material between themselves.
This item is among the materials that came via descent from Carr to Edna Parnall.
The Parnall collection consists of Emily Carr art and papers presented to the British Columbia Archives in 1989.

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Sketchbook with drawings from Carr's 1928 sketching trip. Includes monumental poles, village sites, landscape and forest forms. Geographical areas are the Nass River and Haida Gwaii, with emphasis on Skedans village site.

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This sketchbook was deacidified and disassembled in the 1980s because its physical condition was precarious. Each sheet of paper is encapsulated to prevent further damage. Because it is so friable, handling is restricted. Permission to view is required and staff must be the handlers.

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Received from Edna Parnall in 1989.


This sketchbook PDP08918 includes PDP08919 through PDP08962.

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MS-2763 comprises the textual and published material from 89-081, the accession number of the donation from Edna Parnall.

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Archives code(s): PDP08918.

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Accession number(s): 198908-002

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  • Box: PDP08918