Painting From Province’s Archives On The Move

Details Category: Local News Posted: Saturday 26 December 2020 7:58 AM Written by Steven Wilson

A painting that was part of the permanent collection of the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives is now on its way to Ireland. The painting, a portrait of Mary Palliser, is on long-term loan to the Waterford Art Gallery in Waterford, Ireland. There it will be part of a large exhibition of its own.

Mary Palliser was the sister of John Palliser and was painted by the Irish watercolor artist Sir Frederic William Burton in 1871. The portrait was donated to the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives in 1994 by a descendant of a friend of the Palliser family.

“The Saskatchewan government is excited to share the Palliser painting with the Irish public and to strengthen our mutual connections around the world at a time when physical travel is challenging,” said Jim Reiter, Minister responsible for the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, in a written press release. “The people of Waterford, Ireland will enjoy seeing the painting and Saskatchewan’s contribution to archival history.”

John Palliser was born in Ireland and led the British North American Exploring Expedition. It would represent the border between what is now Canada and the United States from the Upper Lake to the Pacific. His efforts are credited with opening the west of Canada to settlement and development.

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