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View of Cowieshill near Halifax, N.S.

View of Cowieshill near Halifax, N.S.

Artist: Parkyns, George Isham.

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1801

Shelfmark: K.Top 119

Item number: 79.c

Length: 37.7

Width: 59.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Cowieshill near Halifax in Nova Scotia. Halifax was a settlement founded by the British in 1749. It was named 'Halifax' in honour of Lord Halifax, President of the British Board of Trade at that time. The large and deep harbour was naturally well protected and was ideal for defending against invading forces. In 1758 a large dockyard area was built and in 1759, the harbour was used as a base for the British campaign against the French at Fort Louisbourg. The artist of this picture was George Isham Parkyns (1749-1820), he was an English artist who served in the British Army (Nottinghamshire Militia) during the American War of Independence.

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