M464 | Crossing Battle River, North-Western Pairies, Saskatchewan District.

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Crossing Battle River, North-Western Pairies, Saskatchewan District.
William George Richardson Hind
About 1863, 19th century
Watercolour, graphite and opaque white on wove paper
21.8 x 30.6 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Painting (2229) , painting (2227)
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The watercolour artist William Hind, who immigrated to Toronto from England in 1851, served as artist for numerous wilderness voyages. Notably, from 1862 to 1863 he was the artist on an expedition across the Canadian prairies and over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific. He produced over 160 views of the trip, of which more than 30 are in the McCord collection. Hind's painting was very different from the romantic style popular at the time. His work was an attempt to convey a more scientific view of reality, and he illustrated the people, conditions and terrain encountered in his travels in graphic detail.