BRITISH COLUMBIA - FIRST NATION Album, relating to the career of Col. R.C. Moody, Royal Engineers, in British Columbia, including 2 fine albumen print portraits of First Nation Indians, [1850s/60s]

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BRITISH COLUMBIA - FIRST NATION
Album, relating to the career of Col. R.C. Moody, Royal Engineers, in British Columbia

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 18,786) inc. premium
BRITISH COLUMBIA - FIRST NATION
Album relating to the career of Col. R.C. Moody, Royal Engineers, in British Columbia, including 2 salt prints (Cullercoats, and Burfield Priory, approximately 197 x 260mm.), and approximately 90 albumen prints (4 RELATING TO BRITISH COLUMBIA (see footnote), 2 colour-tinted Japanese types, others views, or costume studies, in England, France and Italy); one ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING ?of Moody's house at Sapperton, New Westminster (190 x 283mm.); wood-engraved print of Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (where Moody was appointed Governor in 1843) captioned in pencil "The valley... is known in the Colony as 'Moody Valley'", mounted between one and 4 per page, mostly verso only, some captioned in pencil, nineteenth century half morocco, lacks spine, 4to, [1850/60s]

Footnotes

  • TWO FINE EARLY PORTRAIT ALBUMEN STUDIES OF FIRST NATION MEN OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, IN AN ALBUM RELATING TO COL. R.C. MOODY, ROYAL ENGINEERS.

    British Columbia subjects include: Half-length portrait of a First Nation man, 160 x 150mm.; First Nation man shown standing in front of an unidentified member of the Royal Engineers seated in doorway of a wooden cabin, 210 x 190mm.; Two unidentified members of the Royal Engineers (one shown in previous image) seated in the doorway of a wooden cabin, 197 x 208mm.; Studio portrait of six Officers of the Boundary Commission, inscribed in ink on verso "Col. Moody, Royal Engineers", 195 x 248mm. These represent some of the earliest known photographic images of British Columbia First Nation peoples.

    Richard Clement Moody (1813-1887) was made Brevet Colonel on 28 April 1858, and that autumn was appointed Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Commissioner of lands and works (with a £1200 salary) in British Columbia, a new colony; he was sworn in at Victoria on 4 January 1859. Moody founded the capital, New Westminster, having drawn up plans for it when the area was a dense pine forest. He designed other settlements and roads throughout the colony, during a difficult period of development, but opinion of him varied: he was widely considered to have been inefficient and extravagant. The album includes a pencil drawing captioned "1863. From the Marine Way across the Ravine looking N." believed to show Moody's home at Sapperton, signed "Crease" [probably a relation of Sir Henry Pering Crease, first Attorney General of the united Colony of British Columbia, and both a friend and correspodent of Moody]. During his term of office the Canadian and Pacific Railway terminated at the head of Burrards inlet at Port Moody, named in his honour. In 1852 he married Mary Suzanna Hawks, the daughter of a prominent Newcastle banker - the connection to her family is represented in the album with 2 salt prints; a view of Cullercoats (a fishing village near Newcastle, where the American artist Winslow Homer stayed in the 1880s), and one of the Hawks' homes at Burfield Priory, Gloucestershire.

    PROVENANCE:
    Purchased by the vendor at Dorchester, sometime between 1972 and 1974
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BRITISH COLUMBIA - FIRST NATION Album, relating to the career of Col. R.C. Moody, Royal Engineers, in British Columbia, including 2 fine albumen print portraits of First Nation Indians, [1850s/60s]
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