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Hind, William George Richardson

British-born painter, watercolourist and illustrator, William George Richardson Hind (1833-1889), immigrated to Canada in 1851.

Hind joined in the tradition of artist-reporter and took part in more than one expedition. Most notably, he joined the "Overlanders" in 1862. Setting off from Toronto, this team of prospectors-to-be followed overland routes into the Fraser River and Cariboo districts where the gold rush had been at a fever pitch. During this perilous trek into the North West, William Hind drew pictures of what he saw. In 1863, he settled in Victoria where he completed a number of sketches started during the expedition.

The works of William Hind were reproduced in several advertising, travel and newspaper publications. The illustrated press was rapidly spreading, which facilitated the promotion of the Province of Canada's expansionary vision. This vision would influence the artistic output of William Hind.

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Self-portrait (M459)

Painting
Self-portrait
William George Richardson Hind
About 1862-1863, 19th century
M459

Chinese Gold Washers on the Fraser River, BC, ca. 1864 (M609)

Painting
Chinese Gold Washers on the Fraser River, BC, ca. 1864
William George Richardson Hind
About 1864, 19th century
M609

The Leather Pass, Rocky Mountains (M472)

Painting
The Leather Pass, Rocky Mountains
William George Richardson Hind
About 1862, 19th century
M472