Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00261 - Head Collection of Watercolours and Drawings

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Head Collection of Watercolours and Drawings


  • [ca. 1849]-1859 (Creation)

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23.4 metres

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Sir Edmund Walker Head was born in 1805. He was an Oxford scholar and tutor, and published several books. His success as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick between 1848 and 1854 led to his appointment as Governor-General of Canada in 1854, a position he held until 1961. He faced difficult problems during his administration, primarily caused by the antagonism between French and British inhabitants, but he retired from office before the political issues that led to confederation in 1867 reached a peak. He died in 1868.

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The collection was presented by Sir Edmund’s heirs, Madame Yvonne Mahuzies and her daughter, Marguerite Mahuzies, to the University of Toronto in 1977 and placed on deposit in the Thomas Fisher Rare book Library in 1988.

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A collection of fifty-one watercolours and drawings of Canadian scenes by Sir Edmund Walker Head and Lady Head. They were made when Sir Edmund was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick (1848-1854) and Governor-General of Canada (1854-1861). A fragment in Lady Head's hand from the cover of the portfolio in which many of the sketches were kept is also included.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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