Tuesday, 11 August 2009
The Agile Bark Canoe by John Buxton
Another great Eastern Frontier artist is John Buxton who mostly covers the French and Indian war period. Like Griffing his work really gets to the heart of the period - capturing the essence of this picturesque time.
More from Buxton here
The description on the website reads;
The men in The Agile Bark Canoe are in hunting canoes of a style attributed to the Passamaquoddy but perhaps these Indians traded for them, as was done frequently. They were as light as an autumn leaf upon water, with the ability to navigate rivers, shallow streams, marshes and moderate rapids. Being extremely light enabled easy portage between waterways and yet they were capable of carrying heavy loads. A canoe this size (12 feet long by 30 inches wide at its center) could be lifted with one hand and was very stable when fully loaded. The bark canoe was fast and infinitely more versatile than any small craft of the European settlers.