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The Artists' Halifax

Portraits of the Town and Harbour through 250 Years, Selected from the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

By Mora Dianne O'Neill

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Series: Formac Illustrated History

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For the past 250 years, Halifax and its residents have been a favourite subject of visiting and local artists. This book presents a collection of more than 100 works of art which show the city at every stage in its history.

This selection of images is drawn from hundreds of paintings, drawings, etchings, lithographs and sketches in the rich collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Many early paintings by military artists show the growth of the town and surrounding area. Later works by distinguished visiting artists and well-known residents include portraits and landscapes influenced by European high art. There are also fine examples of lithographs created for the popular nineteenth-century illustrated magazines.

The works are organized by period, so that the underlying story of the transformation of Halifax from a small fortified town into a sophisticated urban centre is clearly told.

The establishment of the Victoria School of Art and Design, now the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, had a profound impact on the artistic life of Halifax. This is reflected in the variety and strength of twentieth-century representations of the city, with examples of Impressionism, cubism, and realism along with explorations in abstraction. Each work is accompanied by a descriptive caption by historian Mora Dianne O'Neill that describes the context, the art and the artist. Also included are brief biographies of the artists represented in the book.



Chapter One: Soldiers and Settlers, 1749–1810
Chapter Two: Portraits of Prosperity, 1811–1867
Chapter Three: Documentary Views, 1868–1918
Chapter Four: Breaking Waves, 1919–1999
Artists' Biographies
Sources and Credits

"[The Artists' Halifax is a wonderfully informative, highly readable book with lots of reproductions of Halifax in visual art."

- Elissa Barnard The Chronicle-Herald

"You needn't live in Halifax to enjoy this book. Handsomely produced and with full-colour plates on every page, The Artists' Halifax can be approached as a purely visual experience."

- Sue MacLeod Atlantic Books Today

MORA DIANNE O'NEILL is curator of historical prints and drawings at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She has presented exhibitions at the gallery focussing on individual artists, such as William Eagar, Robert Petley, Alan Syliboy, and on themes, most notably a show titled "At the Great Harbour: 250 Years on the Halifax Waterfront." She has written many catalogues and articles on Canadian artists.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 3rd November 2003
ISBN: 9780887806001
Format: 8.25in x 10.5in
120 full-colour illustrations

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 23rd October 2003
ISBN: 9780887806179
Format: 8.25in x 10.5in
120 full-colour illustrations

BIC Code: 1KBC, AC
BISAC Code:, ART015040
Imprint: Formac


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