Reflecting the histories of visual art and media in Canada up to the last twenty-five years, the Canadian Historical Art Collection includes substantial holdings in mixed media, paintings, sculptures, textiles, video and works on paper. Additionally, the collection encompasses active decorative arts collections that have regional focus: in particular, the Collection of Canadian Dress and the Heritage Quilt Collection, highlighted separately.
The Canadian Historical Art Collection intersects with the Indigenous Art Collection in the representation of historical First Nations, Métis and Inuit art.
Above: Sarah Robertson, Montreal QC 1891–Montreal QC 1948, October, Ottawa Valley, around 1937, oil on canvas. Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Wintario matching grant, 1978 (21-029). Photo: Paul Litherland