Thursday, August 24, 2017

Historic Paddle Illustration: Patrick Cambell - Travels in the interior inhabited parts of North America...

Two more historic illustrations can be found in Patrick Campbell's Travels in the interior inhabited parts of North America : in the years 1791 and 1792The first image illustrates a cleared farm hacked out of the dense forest in the background with labels identifying key features.  In the foreground are two sets of canoes in an early Wabanaki style with exaggerated pointed ends (see Enys canoe post for a surviving example).

The details on the etchings are quite elaborate with the artist capturing the gunnel lashings and even the curved "fiddlehead" etchings and other decorative elements along the hull.

Decorative etchings on the hull

Another image in the text showcases a family traveling with their canoe upstream...

Canoe closeup

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