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Governor's House and St. Mather's Meeting House at Halifax in Nova Scotia (1759)

Governor's House and St. Mather's Meeting House at Halifax in Nova Scotia (1759)


Inscribed in the plate, l.l.: Serres pinx. / R. Short delint.; l.r.: Aveline sculp.; b.: TO the Right Honourable George Dunk Earl of Halifax, [coat of arms] HIS Majesty's Principal Secretary of STATE &c. &c. &c. / This PLATE representing the GOVERNOR'S-HOUSE and ST. MATHER'S / Meeting House, in Holles Street, also looking up George Street, shews Part of / the PARADE and Citadel-Hill at HALIFAX in NOVA SCOTIA. / Representation de la Maison du GOUVERNEUR, et de l'Eglise de ST MATHER / appartenant aux Presbyteriens dans la Ruë de Holles , & d'ou l'on voie la Ruë de George & Partie / de la PARADE & de la Montagne de la Citadelle, de la Ville de HALIFAX dans la NOUVELLE-ECOSSE. / Is most humbly Inscribed, by his LORDSHIP'S most devoted Servant, / R,, Short.; l.l.: Published Ap. 25th. 1777 by Iohn Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London
View keyed in pen and black ink (from information provided by Harry Piers, 1912; see Acc. File JRR Correspondence, etc., Maritime Provinces, pp. 49-50) 1-10; Inscribed in pen and black ink over pencil, u.c.: View looking South-westward.; b.(key): 1. "Mather's" or St Matthew's Church. 2. Prince St. 3 The Governor's House (site of present Province Building.) 4. Office of Richard Bulkley said to have been erected 1749 by Cornwallis as first Governor's House. / 5. St Paul's Church, erected 1750 6 Grenville St 7. The Parade. 8 The Citadel (Fort George). 9. Hollis St. 10. George St. One of six Halifax views first published by Short in 1764. Republished by Boydell in 1777 (Accs. JRR 48-9, 51-3, 2199) and again somewhat later (Accs. X 76-19 to 23 & 52). Former frame separate. Another (later) impression, Acc. X 76-23; on wove paper; Acc. C 1-29a is a photograph, 190-?, of it. deVolpi 15; Spendlove pp. 11-12 & pl. 22. Serres' oil is in Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (D.B. Webster, Georgian Canada, no. 3, illus.). JRR (1912) 415


Published by John Boydell

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Public Domain


Etching on laid paper. Laid down on wove paper


328 x 508; 366 x 525; 413 x 597 mm


Gift of J. Ross Robertson


Serres, Dominic, English 1722-1793, after, Short, Richard, English, fl. 1747-1766


Toronto Reference Library


Baldwin Collection

Call Number / Accession Number

JRR 53 Cab IV (Short)