Drawing on the Land

Drawing on the Land

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Drawing on the Land

The New World Watercolours and Diaries (1838-1942) of Millicent Mary Chaplin

Edited by Jim Burant

10 X 8 inches, 184 pages
16 pages of colour plates plus dozens of black-&-white reproductions

Archives of Canadian Art (& Design)

MILLICENT MARY CHAPLIN WAS THE WIFE of Lieutenant Colonel Thos. Chaplin of the Coldstream Guards, and accompanied him to Quebec in 1838. During the next four years the Chaplins travelled widely in the Canadas and America, and met an extraordinary variety of people, including Lafontaine, George Etienne Cartier, John Beverly Robinson, William Allan, etc. Her diary offers perspectives of New York and American manners, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, Quebec, the Maritimes, and Niagara Falls. The present volume includes seven of her watercolours and 60 black and white reproductions of the sketches from her travels.


Millicent Mary Chaplin


Author, Artist


Jim Burant


Jim Burant received his Honours B.A. in History and Art History in 1974 and his M.A. in Canadian Studies in 1979 from Carleton University. Employed with the National Archives of Canada since 1972, he is now the Chief of Art, Photography, and Philatelic Archives in the Visual and Sound Archive Division. He has organized art exhibits for the National Archives of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, the London Regional Art and Historical Museums and Ottawa Art Gallery. He has been a frequent speaker on archival issues and art history in Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain.

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