Painting of Enderby landmark finds home in Victoria

Royal BC Museum adds, from Grafton Tyler Brown collection, work of Enderby Cliffs

  • Apr. 24, 2018 6:00 a.m.

With the recent purchase of Giant’s Castle Mountain: A. L. Fortune Farm, Enderby, BC Oct 6, 1882, the Royal BC Museum now holds the greatest number and most significant of Grafton Tyler Brown’s Canadian works in the world.

“We hope that the painting’s subject matter and history will lead to significant, perhaps challenging, conversations about the history of settlers in BC — including immigrants like Brown,” said Prof. Jack Lohman, CEO of the Royal BC Museum. “It’s a focal point for discussing ethnicity and identity, and also allows us probe the relationship between landscape paintings, nature and the presence of humans.”

Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) was a painter, lithographer and cartographer, the first African American artist to create works depicting the Pacific Northwest, California and British Columbia.

In 1883, he made 22 paintings of BC in his Victoria studio, based on drawings made during a geological survey into the southern Interior of the province. Giant’s Castle Mountain (the Enderby Cliffs) is one such product of the expedition.

The painting depicts Fortune’s farmstead on the edge of a forest, the agrarian foreground dwarfed by a looming mountain.

Dr. John Lutz of the University of Victoria, a Brown authority, has deemed this work the most important of Brown’s B.C. paintings.

Lutz provides historical context for Fortune’s ranch, noting that Fortune was “a major historical figure in the Okanagan as well as one of the Overlanders in1862.” The Overlanders were a group of adventurers who walked from the Prairies—over the Rocky Mountains—to the Cariboo goldfields.

Fortune was one of the first Caucasian settlers in the North Okanagan region to pre-empt land near what became Enderby. (“Pre-emption” was a method of acquiring provincial Crown land for settlement and agriculture; the BC Archives holds a research guide about BC pre-emption records)

The BC Archives already holds in its collection Brown’s BC catalogue and a rare portrait. Only 10 of Brown’s other Canadian works are accounted for in public and private collections.

The Royal BC Museum purchased the painting in March, 2018, for $44,000 from Uno Langmann Fine Art Ltd., with funds from the Royal BC Museum Foundation and additional financial support from the Friends of the BC Archives.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@saobserver.net
.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Grafton Tyler Brown (Royal BC Museum photo)

Just Posted

Kelowna’s Across the Lake Swim sees biggest turn-out in 71 years

There were 1325 registered for this year’s iconic Okanagan Lake swim

Accelerate Okanagan releases strategic plan, searches for new CEO

The Okanagan tech sector has an economic impact of $1.7 billion and employs almost 13,000 people

Canadian summer rite of passage: The Okanagan Lake Bridge

“The whole experience took less than a couple of minutes.”

Cleaning combustion with hydrogen: UBC Okanagan researchers

Study seeks to uncover benefits of injecting hydrogen into natural gas distribution networks

Kelowna’s first pot shop opening soon

Two recreational cannabis stores to serve Kelowna-area soon

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

Hergott: Concerns with e-scooters

Lawyer Paul Hergott takes a look at the issues around e-scooters

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Fines approved for Salmon Arm panhandling bylaw

Mayor and council state fines to be issued as last resort

Canadian summer rite of passage: The Okanagan Lake Bridge

“The whole experience took less than a couple of minutes.”

Horgan hints at Daylight Saving Time changes after record survey response

More than 223,000 online surveys were submitted in the government’s public consultation

Most Read