Bring the Croscup Painted Parlour home to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch.
August 20 to October 18, 2015 Community Room Show
August 20, 2015 Opening Reception and Presentation by Ern Dick 6 to 7:30pm
William and Hannah Amelia Croscup had their front parlour in their new 1845 home in Karsdale, Nova Scotia painted by the naval ensign, William Thackeray, in return for room and board. It was ‘discovered’ and promoted by Cora Greenaway in the the 1960’s and purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 1976 from Roy and Margaret Hall. The Croscup Painted Parlour represents the most ambitious and sophisticated example of pre-Confederation interior decoration in Canada and is now restored and installed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Losing the Croscup Painted Parlour to Ottawa galvanized the heritage movement in Nova Scotia and led to the formation of the Friends of the Croscup Painted Parlour. In 2005 they worked with descendants of the Croscup Family, the National Gallery of Canada, Cora Greenaway, Roy and Margaret Hall and the community to re-interpret the Croscup Painted Parlour. They also had high-quality 50% scale reproductions of the murals made and offered their insights and understanding of the Croscup Painted Parlour from the south-western Nova Scotia perspective.
Ernest J. Dick has been preserving and enlivening the past for Canadian broadcasting, for the film and television of Atlantic Canada, for the tragedy of TCA Flight 831 and for the communities of Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry for 40+ years. Ern worked with the Friends of the Crosup Painted Parlour and the Annapolis Heritage Society in ‘Bringing the CroscuPainted Parlour Home” and will present what was learned by ‘bringing’ the painted parlour back to Nova Scotia.