Captain George St. Vincent Whitmore
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watercolour, laid down on paper
Dimensions - 19.39 cms x 22.5 cms (7.6 ins x 8.9 ins)
Lot for sale by Waddington's Auction House, Toronto
Mon, Nov 22, 2010
Estimate $3,000 - $4,000
Sold for CAD $6,844
The occurrence of “northern lights” in Quebec City on January 25, 1837 was so extraordinary that detailed descriptions celebrating the event filled the local newspapers. One article described a “gorgeous canopy in the heavens” which is clearly visible in this lot. In 1987, the National Archives of Canada acquired a watercolour by Captain Whitmore (1798-1851) of the Royal Engineers entitled Aurora Borealis, Quebec dated January 25, 1837 (Fig. 1: C-131918).