By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide pointed out Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For a number of centuries, the picture prevailed and used to be the single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada was once perceived and portrayed as a chilly, not easy, and unforgiving land. this used to be no longer a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth merely reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its monitors of fury. learning its attractiveness and hidden assets calls for persistence and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's standpoint, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously serious within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many topics are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the artwork of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of jap Canadians.
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Whatever the debate over how appropriately these images represent the Canadian identity, what cannot be questioned is the role played by such visual imagery in the development of the popular consciousness. Moreover, for this role to be effective, the concern for cultivating the nativism expressed by the various artistic practitioners had to be widespread. The images considered to be nationally charged symbols had to be physically and intellectually accessible to The Kindling Touch of Imagination 29 the general public rather than being sequestered in the drawing-rooms or galleries of the elite.
Courtesy of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library. away from the domination of foreign-based nursery-rhyme imagery. Boyle's Uncle Jim's Canadian Nursery Rhymes for Family and Kindergarten Use is replete with Canadian allusions and Jefferys's beavers, bears, woodpeckers, elk, pine, waterfalls - and, of course, the ubiquitous fences (Boyle 1908). In this same 36 A Few Acres of Snow period, he also provided art work for Walter Nursey's biography of Brock. In the 1920s, Jefferys continued this activity with his illustrations for such Canadian classics as Richardson's Wacousta and Kirby's The Golden Dog.
That is, it is a story. (Wrong 1929, v) These are the key words: narrative, romance, drama. W. JefFerys, RCA," were central: These illustrations are more than decorations. Mr. JefFerys is an artist and a scholar and, through years of research and artistic work, has provided a valuable commentary upon Canadian history from the earliest times to the present. The scholarly historical illustration is a comparatively new art, and Mr. JefFerys' drawings are a contribution, not only to art, but to the cause of Canadian history also.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe