Annapolis Heritage Society | Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Painted Room

Masonic Imagery

June 26th, 2017

Annapolis Royal is the birthplace of Freemasonry in Canada, and according to local tradition the first Masonic lodge held its meetings in this building in 1738. Frederick Sinclair, innkeeper in the 1780s and 1790s, was a member of Annapolis Royal Lodge, serving as master and then secretary until his death by suicide in 1800. During…Read more >

Portrait of an Officer

June 26th, 2017

The most mysterious image in the painted room is the portrait of the officer. His uniform seems to be a combination of many types found during the 18th and 19th centuries. The plot thickens when we realize that the battalions located in Annapolis Royal were Foot Regiments; this officer’s uniform suggests a strong similarity to…Read more >

The Bridge and Steam Engine

June 26th, 2017

Industrialization was of great interest to Victorians and images of the marvels of industry were considered as beautiful and captivating as the picturesque landscapes. Here, the train bridge is reminiscent of the Royal Border Bridge built between 1847 and 1850 over the River Tweed in Northumberland, England. The engine could be the ‘Rocket’ that became…Read more >

The Ideal Landscape

June 26th, 2017

Examine the mountains and waterfall in this image. The artist used imagination to create an ideal landscape – in essence taking many aspects found in nature and perhaps the surroundings and rearranging them in order to make a picture-perfect image. This tradition in landscape painting was popularized by French artists in Italy such as Claude…Read more >

The Topographical Tradition…

June 26th, 2017

Shortly after Halifax was established in 1749, army topographers accompanied British troops to America. These officers were instructed in topographical views at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. Their objective was to capture precise views of landscape for strategic purposes in the days before the camera. Many of these topographers would supplement their income by…Read more >

The Topographical Tradition

June 19th, 2017

Topographical art can be defined as realistic and detailed depictions of an area. In many ways, this form of art was part of the ‘Romantic Movement’ during which young gentlemen of the 18th and 19th centuries would find pleasure in capturing on paper the natural and exotic scenery found in their travels. Many of these…Read more >

Wall Painting

June 19th, 2017

Beginning in the 17th century young wealthy European men would undertake a traditional tour of Europe, known as the ‘Grand Tour’. They would be exposed to the cultural treasures of Europe, including the painted walls of Hellenistic Greece, ancient Rome, and the great Renaissance frescoes of Italy. It became fashionable to replicate scenery on walls…Read more >

The Discovery

June 19th, 2017

In the 1960s, water damage from a failed roof revealed in an upstairs room a wall covered with painted images, still visible even though harmed by the water. Since that time, it had been speculated that the other walls of the room also contained murals. A few years ago, careful investigation proved that there were…Read more >