Original pastel portrait (image size 37 X 52 cm.) on paper (we have not examined the image out of the frame) of an Inuit women from Aklavik. Boldly signed and dated 1938. very good Kathleen Shackleton was the sister of Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 1937 she applied to the HBC for a commission to travel up the MacKenzie river and to produce 3 dozen portraits. For this she was to paid 2000 dollars excluding expenses. Her purpose was to depict the northern peoples and portray the Hudson Bay Companies interests for both of their benefits. Unfortunately she become entangled in controversay with the Anglican Church in Aklavik. Our portrait is named and with further research it is probably possible to determine a better history of the sitter. For a good history of her trip in the north see Alone in Silence, European Women in the Canadian North by Barbara Kelcey. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: "Lena" Aklavik (Original Eskimo Painting)
Publication Date: 1938
Book Condition: very good
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