By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide spoke of Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and used to be the single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada used to be perceived and portrayed as a chilly, not easy, and unforgiving land. this used to be now not a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth merely reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening existence itself with its screens of fury. getting to know its good looks and hidden assets calls for endurance and perseverance. a couple of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's viewpoint, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously severe within the works tested during this quantity. integrated 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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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.
Burant 1984, 121) Artists in particular welcomed the advent of photo-engraving and photolithography, as their interpretations and renderings of reality were no longer subject to the distortions introduced by the intervening agencies of engraver and printer. Indeed, the contribution of the artists who were called upon to provide illustrations for mass-circulated media merits further attention. The "illustrators" of popular magazines, novels, and textbooks, for example, were powerful agents in propagating and popularizing national identity.
In a 1936 article in the Canadian Historical Review entitled "The Visual Reconstruction of History," Jefferys complains of the deficiencies of historical illustration: The critical examination of written history, the comparison of sourcedocuments, are marked features of modern historical study. The pictorial reconstruction of history too frequently displays the lack of a corresponding degree and quality of discrimination. " These were the talents he brought to bear in his several forays into interpretive historical illustration.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe