Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868
By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board
Is that a lady sitting in the middle of the canoe? What is she doing there? For a long time only men traveled inland for the fur trade.
Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall (Ontario), 1869, by Frances Anne Hopkins
Courtesy vLibrary and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number C-002771 and under the MIKAN ID number 2894967
This lady's name is Frances Hopkins and she was the wife of
the fur trader sitting beside her. She is the one who made this painting and many others that show what the fur trade era
was like. Her husband, Edward Hopkins, was an official of the Hudson's Bay Company. (That is why they are not paddling.)
By the way, if you are wondering why the voyageur was
picking a lily flower, look closely at what Frances has in
front of her in the canoe.
Explore the gallery below to see more of Hopkins' beautiful paintings. What is the same and what is different in these paintings compared to the one we have been looking at?
Do you know what the Métis sash is? Can you see the Métis
sash in any of the paintings?
Shooting the Rapids, 1879, Frances Hopkins
Courtesy Library and Archives Canada , accession no. 00002 1989-401 X DAP
Voyageurs at Dawn, 1871, Frances Hopkins
Courtesy Library and Archives Canada , accession no. 00003 1989-401 X DAP
Canoe Party around a Campfire, 1870, Frances Hopkins
Library and Archives Canada, accession no. 00004 1989-401 x DAP
Encampment of Voyageurs, 1870,
Courtesy Library and Archives Canada, accession no. 00277,