Art, Elegance and Hospitality: The War of 1812

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Art, Elegance and Hospitality: The War of 1812

Time: August 26, 2012 all day
Location: Queen's University
Street: University Avenue at Bader Lane
City/Town: Kingston, ON
Website or Map: http://www.aeac.ca/exhibition…
Phone: 613.533.2190
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Latest Activity: Jun 25

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This event runs from May until August 26

R. Fraser Elliott Gallery

While the War of 1812 unfolded, what books were people in Kingston reading? What landscapes were they painting? What beautiful things graced their homes? What types of art were popular abroad?

In the aftermath of the War of 1812, the officers of the Royal Navy in Kingston presented local businessman John Kirby with a stunning silver cup acknowledging "their esteem and regard and lasting sense of his distinguished hospitality." To mark the War’s Bicentennial, this exhibition contemplates what cultural life might have been like in the burgeoning garrison town. Kingston was the most important urban centre of Upper Canada on Lake Ontario and its citizens aspired to the finer things in life. The influx of soldiers and the growth of business produced fresh opportunity for aesthetic and leisure activities that reflected and built upon British traditions and trends. The War of 1812, though momentous, was part of a larger cultural and social history. Art, Elegance and Hospitality brings together silver, fashion, literature and art, to provide a glimpse of the cultural context of the 1810s as Kingstonians might have experienced it.

This exhibition highlights works from private and public collections in Kingston, including the Art Centre, RMC Museum, and the W. D. Jordan Special Collections Library, Queen’s University. Research assistance has been provided by Adam Belovari, as an Art Centre Practicum student and volunteer.

Join us for a joint reception celebrating the opening of our spring exhibitions on Saturday 12 May 5 - 7 pm.

Alicia Boutilier


Image:
Adam Buck,
Portrait of Sir James Lucas Yeo, 1810, watercolour on board. Private collection.
Photo: Bernard Clark

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Comment by Paul Fortier on April 23, 2012 at 4:16pm

The exhibit, while small, features some amazing pieces from local and private collections.  The watercolour of Yeo is worth the visit!

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