North American Wildlife Drawings by William Pope
“[I]n the morning I went out shooting the rest of the day I was occupied in painting a bird – these were my two principal amusements during the [time in Upper Canada].”
- William Pope
William Pope is universally considered Canada’s first artist-naturalist. His detailed drawings of birds and other native fauna are often compared to John James Audubon’s works. This collection comes directly from the art- ist’s family and is the most extensive grouping of Pope watercolors in private hands. Other examples can be found in the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana at the Toronto Public Library.
Highlights from the collection: