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Antique Print - Home from the War (after Arthur Stocks) - 1900

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Home from the War, an Incident of the South African War - 1900 At Last, Arthur Stocks, c 1880
Orig. print - Size - 41 x 51 cm
Found - St. Catharines, ON
Orig. print - Size - 41 x 51 cm
Found - Brantford, ON

Home from the War - 1900

Probably the most famous "Canadian" print from the Boer War, is titled "Home from the War, An Incident of the South African Campaign."

Featuring a soldier with a Canadian maple leaf cap badge, it was found in countless homes during the Boer War and many have survived the last hundred years.

It features a worried mother re-reading her son's letters from South Africa, wondering if he survived the battles, without knowing he has just slipped in, "Home from the Wars", safe and sound, and making a surprise visit.








The Canadian print - we have seen many - is, invariably, made on thick oily looking textured stock, while the Stocks print (the only one we have ever seen) is cheap paper material.

Alas, like just about everything else that is "Made in Canada," even today, whether in music, television, films, architecture, art, foreign policy, etc., is a blind steal from somebody else, almost always, either British or American.

Hey, it's so much easier to have someone else come up with a good idea and have them pay to develop it, than having to come up with something original ourselves.

This print was copied from a British original painting by Arthur Stocks entitled "At Last" and features a British uniformed soldier. It was probably done in the 1880s, before the Boer War, when Britain had thousands of soldiers overseas campaigning against "Fuzzy-Wuzzies," in Africa, India, and Afghanistan. A local lithography company had the British hussar painted out and replaced with a Canadian-looking trooper, complete - if you're lucky as many are smudged - with clearly legible cap badge.

What started out as a small cottage industry, in 1900, with this print, is today a multi-million dollar Canadian cultural industry.

Foreign imports, posing as Canadian, are more popular than ever, having untold payoffs, literally, since millions of dollars of Canadian cultural funds are then provided to "create" a "Canadian" version. And all you have to do to qualify is to put in one small "Canadian" label, title, or a warm body with a Canadian birth certificate, to qualify for huge handouts. The person who painted a Canadian soldier over a Brit, didn't know what a gold mine he had created. And voilĂ  a Canadian cultural phenomenon...

Copying others - instead of thinking for yourself - offers tremendous scope for possibilities - why not consider: Canadian Idol, 10 Greatest Canadians, Seven Greatest Wonders of Canada, or how about a little war in Afghanistan...?