Views in Hudson’s Bay (1825) and Peter Rindisbacher: Constructions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Culture in the Red River Settlement

  • Author / Creator
    Mercer, Julie-Ann
  • Within the Views in Hudson’s Bay (1825) print series are six hand-tinted lithographs depicting indigenous and non-indigenous culture in the Red River Settlement. The images engage with visual language from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century print series and travel books that construct North American national identity in connection to indigeneity. The lithographs are similar to watercolours by Peter Rindisbacher, a nineteenth-century settler-colonial artist who lived in the Red River Settlement from 1821 to 1826. Both the lithographs and the watercolours are social and cultural products of colonialism; the images convey narratives about colonialist and settler-colonialist perceptions of race and land ownership. The Views in Hudson’s Bay are simplified variations of Rindisbacher’s imagery; they construct narratives about British control in the Red River Settlement, whereas Rindisbacher’s watercolours interpret distinct individuals from the Red River Settlement and their attributes. Through a comparative analysis of the Views in Hudson’s Bay with Rindisbacher’s watercolours, I study how the imagery complexly negotiates colonialist ideology.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Art and Design
  • Specialization
    • History of Art, Design and Visual Culture
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Greer, Joan (Art and Design)
    • Boone, M. Elizabeth (Art and Design)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • McTavish, Lianne (Art and Design)
    • Lemire, Beverly (History and Classics)