Artworks and Artists
The Port of Halifax
The Port of Halifax,
c. 1835
, Unknown
oil on canvas
136.3 x 186.3 cm


To the left, the city fades away under the blazing sky. Near the centre glides a frigate under full sail, canons in plain view. You see many boats: fishing boats, sailboats and other frigates. Figures liven up the foreground: on the left, a man bends over a MicMac canoe; in the middle, a young woman offers fish to two MicMac Indians; on the right, a few fishermen and some women assess the catch of the day, brought back in a modest boat, while sailors are busy on their ship. In the lower right corner, a man peacefully smokes his pipe.