War of 1812-1814: Then and After

Saturday, 5 April 2014 to Sunday, 24 August 2014

John and Norma Oyler Gallery

National attention to activity in the War of 1812-1814 has focussed on events in Upper and Lower Canada. This exhibition emphasizes the crucial battles that have a particular relationship with this province, especially the taking of the US frigate CHESAPEAKE by HMS SHANNON on 1 June 1813 and the burning of Washington by General Ross on 24 August 1814. A survey of other important events and battles during the war, the monuments to its heroes, and the lasting results of the war still evident today will complete the exhibition.

Two damaged 1813 aquatints of the confrontation between SHANNON and CHESAPEAKE, which were beautifully conserved by the Canadian Conservation Institute, will be displayed for the first time, and a rare 1814 engraving, held by the Nova Scotia Archives, celebrating the British victory at Washington, will be included in the exhibition.