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Temporary exhibition

Sunday May 25, 2014 — Sunday January 25, 2015

The Navy: A Century in Art

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy, the Stewart Museum hosts The Navy: A Century in Art, a travelling exhibition of paintings organized by the Canadian War Museum and presenting a selection of objects from the Stewart Museum. From dramatic depictions of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate portraits of life at sea and ashore, these vivid works capture the country’s rich naval experience.

This exhibition demonstrates how geography, history and war have shaped the Navy through its first century of service, from First World War to today. Launched in 2010, this exhibition has been seen by 300 000 people across Canada. After Halifax, Calgary, Victoria and Abbotsford, British Columbia, this exhibition makes its last stop in Quebec.

On display are 45 works from the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art painted by Canada’s leading war artists including Arthur Lismer from The Group of Seven, Alex Colville, Harold Beament, Anthony Law, Ted Zuber and Pegi Nicol MacLeod.

Among the 30 artifacts from the collection of Stewart Museum accompanying the artworks, visitors will find sailor figures, uniforms, accessories, photos of military ships, weapons and other objects from everyday life.

An exhibition in four-count

A Canadian Navy

Among the selected works illustrating the national presence of the Navy, we find, for example, paintings as Entering Esquimalt as Bangor (1944) by Rowley Murphy and Tattoing (circa 1943) by official war artist Donald C. Mackay showing a tattoo session.

The Navy at sea

In this section, we see rescue operations at sea, with works like Rescue – Firing Line Gun has Costen (circa 1944) by Harold Beament.

The Navy’s wars

Through its history, the Canadian Navy has distinguished itself in many battles, from operations in wartime and peacetime to rescue operations. Among the works presented in this section include D-Day (1944) by Tom Wood or Torpedoed, North Atlantic (1947) by Paul Alexander Goranson, which draws a portrait of survivors from a German submarines attack during World War II.


In this section, a short selection of works including Olympic with Returned Soldiers (1919) by Arthur Lismer underscore the legacy of the Navy.

Not to be missed!

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