Series PDP05755 - Kitwancool

Landscape View of land from sea. Two views of land from sea or river mouth. Outline of mountain profile Gitanyow Trees and landscape. Hilltop with totem. Houses in village. unfinished sketch Mountain scene Mountain scene Mountains and village, two sketches. Kitwangak Totem pole and figure studies Kitwangak Kitwangak Kitwancool for mortuary - top row, lower Kitwancool for sillouete [sic]. Monumental pole with four painted coppers Monumental poles. Two painted coppers. Monumental figure of Bear. Kitwancool Kitwancool Monumental pole. Kitwangak Kitwancool Kitwancool Kitwancool Kitwancool
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Carr's spelling of place names reflects the usage of that time. Gitanyow is the current name for this village.

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Emily Carr

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  • Source of title proper: Title of sketchbook written in Carr's hand on upper front cover.
  • Statements of responsibility: The sketches in this book are all by Carr's hand. She has written M. Emily Carr on top left of front cover.
  • Parallel titles and other title information: The commercial name of this sketchbook is Blank Ontario Drawing Book No. 1. Published by W.J. Gage and Co. Ltd. Toronto. The book is numbered as 5 (enclosed in a circle upper left front of cover) in her series of extant sketchbooks.

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  • 1928 (Creation)
    Carr travelled only once to Kitwancool, in 1928.

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1 sketchbook: containing 54 pages with drawings or sketches; 15.0 cm x 23.1 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 sketchbook is among the materials that came via descent from Carr to Phylis Inglis.
The Inglis collection consists of Emily Carr art and papers purchased from Phylis Dilworth Inglis by the National Museums of Canada in 1976 and presented to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in 1985.

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One sketchbook containing 54 pages of drawings or sketches by Emily Carr. The drawings and watercolour sketches principally relate to her 1928 trip to the Gitxsan villages of Gitanyow (Kitwancool), Gitwangak (Kitwanga), Kispiox and other locales in the vicinity and include images of totem poles, villages and landscapes, her renditions of First Nations design motifs.

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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.

Immediate source of acquisition

Received from the National Museums of Canada, 1985.


This sketchbook contains PDP05756 through PDP05809 and includes both designs copied by Carr, details of First Nations monumental art, villages and landscapes. The media includes graphite, ink and watercolour. Graphite notations throughout.

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MS-2181 comprises the textual and published material from 85-158, the accession number of the transfer from the National Museums of Canada.

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Archives code(s): PDP05755.

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Accession number(s): 198607-001

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As a complete sketchbook,
1977-1991. Various exhibitions at the Emily Carr Gallery, B.C. Archives, 1107 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC.
Individual pages exhibited in,
2014-2015. From the Forest to the Sea. Emily Carr in British Columbia. Collaboration between the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

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