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A fabulous combination, a fine print of a painting by an outstanding Canadian artist, of Canada's first prime minister, set in the finest possible Victorian frame.

Victorian frames were the finest ever made. Nothing produced in the 20th century can match them for the stunning opulence with which they set off any picture put in them.

These fantastic frames were modular, being made of sections nailed together. This allowed you to build up a truly beautiful group. By leaving inner sections out you could accommodate bigger pictures.

This is the most complex and the most opulent made: a four part frame including a section of red velvet.

The relief is all gesso, a plaster of Paris type mix, that is shaped into patterns when wet, and glued on wood and is rather fragile. Few frames survive in good condition, let alone ones in mint condition as this one is.

This one was made about 1880 and so has been in loving homes for some 130 years.


Victorian Frame, Sir John A Macdonald - Ernest Fosbery 1931
Orig. print in Victorian gesso frame - Frame Window Size - 41 x 51 cm
Found - Dundas, ON

Here you can see the clear separation of the four parts of the frame that are. first, individually glued together as separate elements, then nailed together into one frame.

These individual frame sections were pretty standard sizes so it allowed the craftsman to assemble them in various ways.

Here a red velvet section has been included as the third section in.

Note how the tonation of all the panels is the same, telling you that these were originally assembled, and have aged, together. There are often very ancient cobwebs in the cracks as well. They are excellent provenance testifying to a genuine vintage frame.

Unscrupulous modern antique sellers try and assemble new frames by cadging together bits and pieces of old ones. They will have no cobwebs between sections and show a wide variety of tones in wood when viewed from the back, not to mention new hammer marks and fresh wood chips around the nailing marks.

The Desecration of Sir John A Macdonald (1815-1891) - Canada's First Prime Minister

The portrait of Sir John A was painted by esteemed Canadian artist, Ernest Fosbery, in 1931.

Today it is owned by the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario.

This print dates from the 1930s and was cased in this frame at that time.

A stunning likeness of Sir John A, that captures his inner soul like no other portrait ever done of him, it is without doubt, the finest painting ever made of Canada's first Prime Minister.

He was a Conservative Prime Minister at the height of Britain's imperial expansionist wars, but did not believe Canadian troops should be sent overseas to help Imperial Britain subdue unruly Fuzzy Wuzzies, even though they were fanatic Muslims, were dirt poor, lived by archaic rules of civilization, and inhabited an impoverished country half way around the world.

A far cry from the Conservative Prime Minister of 130 years later who sent thousands of Canadian shooting soldiers to help put down the unruly and fanatic Muslim Afghans who are resisting the invading imperialist Americans trying to establish a military occupation of their impoverished country merely to protect oil pipelines they want to build across the area.

John A did send a contingent of unarmed French-Canadian voyageur canoeists to help ferry British troops up the Nile in their campaign against the Mahdi and his Muslim tribesmen - the Bin Laden and Al Qaeda of the 1880s.

But John A did send the Canadian militia to put down the disturbances in the west known as the Riel Rebellions 1869 and 1885.

So John A clearly believed Canadian armed force should be used when Canada was threatened.

He did not agree that Canada was threatened by rebellious non-white, non-Christian, pajama-clad Muslim tribesmen in destitute overseas countries, who were obviously only resisting a foreign invading army seeking to expand territorial power for the benefit of its businessmen who had discovered valuable resources that they wanted to grab from the locals...

Now where have we heard that before...

Great Canadian Artist Ernest Fosbery (1874-1960) would be quite angry if he knew the portrait he had created for the people of Canada was being purposely desecrated in an online museum, so that it could be resold to the school children and teachers of Canada by shameless civil servants.

Great Canadian Disgrace - Desecrating Canada's National Heritage Treasures

Hard as it may be to believe it is impossible for Canadians to get access to a copy of Fosbery's portrait of Sir John A from its owner, Canada's House of Commons and its online museum.

Rather, they can get one, but only ones that have been deliberately defaced by the civil servants who are hired to look after Canada's heritage treasures: paintings, sculptures, artifacts.

Canadians taxpayers, of course, purchased these heritage treasures long ago with their hard earned tax dollars.

They - the Newfoundland fisherman, the Quebec school teacher, the Ontario farmer, the Saskatchewan rancher, the Alberta oil driller, the British Columbia lumber worker - own them; they paid for them long ago. They pay for their upkeep every year. They also pay, extremely handsomely, the civil servants to look after them, and also pay for their pensions and expense accounts.

But they and their children get only the finger from the House of Commons. They are barred from getting to see or use them without an interfering desecration.

They are barred from getting a clean copy to use in their homes. School teachers are barred from using them to teach in the classrooms. Students are barred from being able to use them in educational projects.

Unless they pay for them all over again...

Civil servants have deliberately desecrated them - doubly in this case, with defacing letters on the bottom and a bigger defacement right across the middle where it does the most damage.

This has been deliberately done by civil servants to force any Canadian teacher and school child who would like to use good quality images of these Canadian heritage images, for their educational projects, to pay for them again, to help pay for civil servant wages, pensions, and expense accounts.

It is a national catastrophe; it is a national disgrace of the highest order.

Greed and selfishness run amok... To have a control system in place to allow Canada's national heritage treasures to be held to ransom from their rightful owners by the custodial staff...

How many times do Canadians have to pay civil servants for the right to gain access to their national heritage treasures?

Right how the House of Commons publishes the defaced pictures of notable Canadian political leaders of the past on its educational museum web site. Here its defaced image of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

But the HOC museum is craftily helpful.

To get copies of undefaced pictures, it offers school children two "Contact Us" portals where they can go to pay civil servants lots of money for pictures their parents have already paid for, over, and over again...

Below a fabulous portrait of one of colonial Canada's earliest politicians, Sir Alan MacNab from Hamilton, Ontario, forever desecrated by the House of Commons civil servants determined to prevent Canadian school children from having undefaced portraits for use in their school projects.

In their defence civil servants say they have to raise more money by double-billing, because the billions Canadian taxpayers have already allotted for the upkeep of Canada's national heritage treasures, have been more usefully redirected elsewhere, because they are desperately needed to buy war materiel to kill Muslim women, children, and men in Afghanistan, to help out our American friends... and make Rosie and Christie happy...

In fact since the start of the 21st century, the Canadian Civil Service has done what can only be called an astronomic withdrawal from displaying Canada's national heritage treasures in online internet museums.

Since civil servants discovered they could make millions of dollars by reselling pictures of Canada's heritage treasures back to the people of Canada and using the money for wages, pensions, and expense accounts for the government employees that Canadians have hired to look after their national heritage items. Teachers, school children, and educators of all kinds, have howled their protest as Canada's national museums now publish only a few images - where once they published tens of thousands - and only small and defaced ones - where once they published large and clean ones - of Canada's great art and artifact treasures.

Unscrupulous civil servants have set up a ruthlessly exploitive system to allow them to sell these images back to the very people who own them and have already paid for them once before...

The internet was supposed to be a free access educational medium. Then civil service greed took over. They now use the internet merely as a cheap marketing tool to display pictures of Canadian heritage treasures that Canadian school children, teachers and educators now have to buy back from the civil servants before they can use them...





















Thanks to Access to Information legislation we have been able to get a look at the prototype defacement logo right that civil servants initially proposed to use on the Prime Minister portraits before putting them on the internet.

One wag suggested the House of Commons logo, HOC-CDC, stood for "Completely Desecrated by Cretins," which is unkind. It is actually a government stamp of approval and stands for House of Commons-Certified Defacement Completed.

Many civil servants feared if they did not deface the face itself, unscrupulous Canadian school children would just crop off the logo and use only the face - without paying the civil servants for the rights to use it in their school projects.

But Prime Minister Harper's Heritage Minister refused permission and insisted the House of Commons logo be reduced to one line of desecration, and be made less obtrusive in size and tone, and also be moved away from the face.

"How, in your right mind, can you possibly propose defacing the face of a Prime Minister of Canada?" was the angry retort, when the Minister saw the proposed defacement. "Unless," he quickly added, "it is the face of Brian Mulroney?"

Civil servants were furious; they couldn't understand that. They knew how diabolical Canadian school children were, in their command of Photoshop and computers, to make use of parts of the picture that had not been defaced adequately.

Without paying...

Why they're almost as devious as former Conservative Prime Minister Mulroney below.

(Mr. Mulroney, was the former Conservative Prime Minister who famously took bags of cash, multiple times, quite secretly, from an arms dealer, without paying either - taxes in his case, until years later when his private stash of cash was about to be outed by a court proceeding. He has since been shunned by the current Conservative establishment in Ottawa, reflective of his new painting it recently commissioned.)

Canada commissions portraits of its Prime Ministers to hang in the corridors of Parliament, in order to enshrine their legacy for eternity in the mind set of the Nation. Mr. Mulroney's portrait has won kudos from all parts of Canada as being a most unusually excellent portrait.

Civil servants took the Minister's aside as an approval, with a vengeance, to deface the internet portrait of the recently completed painting of Mr. Mulroney.

Civil servants knew school children would be just as tricky as the former Prime Minister, and try to use internet pictures of their politicians in spite of the worst that civil servants could do to try to prevent them.

Below the winning design for desecration as now (2009) published on all the portraits on the House of Commons web museum.

Below right Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper, and the only national politician ever assassinated in Canada, Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

Educators, teachers and school children, across Canada, still bemoan this great and uncalled-for desecration of Canada's heritage treasures.

And they resent having to pay for removing the defacement on pictures Canadian taxpayers already own and have paid for.











Go to Prime Minister Tupper

Three grateful secretaries from the Department of Canadian Heritage, caught taking some time off, on the beach in Cancun, Mexico, thanks to donations from Canadian school children having to pay their department for Canadian heritage pictures.

Pictures of Canada's National Heritage Treasures should be made available


to Canadian educators, teachers, and school children, whose parents have paid billions to acquire them, house and maintain them, and pay the high salaries, pensions, and expense accounts, of the civil servant custodial staff to take care of them.

There should only be a charge for people using them to make money with them, like book, picture, and brochure publishers, TV producers, the media, advertisers, and corporate communicators.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

The most famous election poster in Canadian history.

What an absolutely fabulous discovery is this most prized poster of John A Macdonald's last election in 1891, still in virtually mint condition.

You will not find a big image of this on any Canadian museum website, for reasons we explained above.

Canadian schoolchildren will have to go to Wikipedia to find a small version of this picture to use in their school projects.

Wikipedia also appends a stern note that warns school children in no uncertain terms with dire consequences because

"Library and Archives Canada does not allow free use of its copyrighted works. See Category: Images from Library and Archives Canada." (sic) below

Wikipedia underlines "does not" to show how abnormal it, and its internet viewers, believe this is, lest the unwary misread it in passing.

Wikipedia is also helpful in that is shows children a picture of the building in Ottawa where the double-billing civil servants count their filthy lucre, and to where students are to go to pay their money in order to get a proper size jpeg to use in their school projects.

Below the warning and billing information that Wikipedia posts on countless pictures of Canada's heritage treasures that are held to ransom by civil servants in Ottawa, Canada, to raise extra income for themselves.

Canadian Election Poster, Conservative Party - 1891
Orig. poster - Size - 56 x 87 cm
Found - Quebec, PQ

Everywhere across Canada, school children, teachers, and educators cry out!
"Give us the old flag, the old policy, the old leader.
And, for God's sake, stop double-billing us for what is already ours..."

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Cast Iron Plaque, Sir John A Macdonald, c 1880
Orig. cast iron - Size - 20 x 23 cm; wt 1 kg
Found - Napanee, ON

A fabulous metal plaque of Canada's first Prime Minister, John A Macdonald.

This heavy cast iron piece is still in its original paint and was once proudly displayed in a Conservative Victorian home, suspended by an imbedded steel loop.

These cast iron memorabilia items were for poorer people, ideal for hanging in log cabins, shacks, or unruly roadside bars, instead of the fragile pictures found in better establishments that did not fare well with the rowdy Canadian clientele - you must know Rosie and Christie - they hosted.

These heavy metal plaques were great in drunken fights, which were frequent in Victorian pioneer Canada. They could be thrown across the room, bounce off the wall, and be hung back up, being none of the worse for wear... Any drunk, hit with its solid 1 kg punch would sober up in a hurry...

The fancy classes had the Victorian Canada's top sculptors create works of art for displaying in upper class houses, hotels, and finer business establishments. These plaster statues and busts are now very rare to find in any condition.

Go to Statues of Prime Ministers

Which is why a lot of fakes are about...

Go to Fake Statues of Prime Ministers

Great Canadian Insight - Macdonald Drunk or Ignatieff Sober?

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Can you imagine a more fabulous depiction of what life is like for the average Canadian?

Hunkering down, trying to shelter from the icy blasts of eternal winter, in an arid scenic and cultural wasteland.

This was wonderfully captured by talented Canadian painter Thomas Tod (b 1842) sometime in the 1860s.

It also clearly explains why many Canadians drink more than they should - like Sir John A notoriously did - or, just "get the hell out" and live somewhere else, outside Canada - like Michael Ignatieff did for almost forty years.

The Icy Blasts of Winter - Thomas Tod, c 1860
Orig. wc - Image Size - 29 x 39 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
And why wives of the "High and Mighty" have contingency plans in place...

Great Canadian Insight

What Canada's Liberal Leader, Michael Ignatieff had in common with John A

No Canadian woman has what it takes...

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Lady Agnes Macdonald, Wife of Sir John A Macdonald
Orig. photo CDV - Size - 4.25 x 6.5"
Found - Grimsby, ON
Photo 1878, by Topley, Ottawa, Canada

Above is a rare CDV of Sir John A's second wife Agnes, autographed by her probably for a close friend.

She was a refined and reserved English lady.

No loud, rude, crude, and brawny, raw around the edges, brawling Canadian type - like Rosie diManno or Christie Blatchford - for him.

Nor come to think of it, for Michael Ignatieff either... who preferred the foreign brand, both times out, to the local fare...

But, seriously now, why should they have to settle for second best...?

And he's not the only one... We have it on the best authority, when Christie B complained loudly in an article, that not even her dog wants to sleep with her anymore. Dr. Phil would say this undoubtedly is the root cause of the doubly spurned lady's constant, feverish, and angry promotion of killing Afghan men, women, and children...

ABC - Anyone But a Canadian!

Agnes was so British that when John A died she moved back to Britain where her roots and heart were.

Ignatieff's first wife was also English. Apparently, about the only thing she had in common with her ex, was an aversion to Canada. She lives in England.

We have it on good authority that, should Michael Ignatieff die before her, his second (Hungarian) wife - he dumped his English one when he saw what the Hungarians had to offer - has told intimates she too will forsake Canada, which she finds too cold and lacking in culture, just like Michael told her, so many years ago before he got the call...

But she hasn't made up her mind which of Michael's spiritual homelands she will retire to - Hungary, the homeland of Prince Vlad the Impaler, or buy a ranch near Crawford, Texas, to be near George Bush, Michael's intellectual mentor in the US, and from whom he has gotten some of his better ideas...

You know, like war and "just a little" TORTURE...

Anecdotes about the heavy drinking Prime Minister still abound in the folklore of the town of Kingston.

Overheard at an auction,

"My grandmother used to tell me that she heard stories of Sir John A, down where the British American Hotel used to be, where the new hotel is now, leaning against the wall, dead drunk, retching his guts out!"

Many Conservatives supposedly said they preferred Macdonald drunk, to his Liberal opponent sober... a saying which has resurfaced recently, as the Liberal Party of Canada bagmen imported an "American wannabee" who has a not-so-secret passion for war and torture, to lead their party.

What many people don't realize is that heavy drinking, by many citizens, was a great affliction across the entire population, in pioneer Canada, and did cloud the life of many women like that of John A's second wife Agnes right.

At barn-raisings, whiskey was handed out in buckets; more than one worker fell to his death off the beams, or was killed in a fight attending the festivities.

The celebrated Donnelly feud, in the 1880s, near Lucan, Ontario, which ultimately saw an entire family butchered by ruthless citizens, started, originally, over a brawl - no doubt lubricated by whiskey - which led to a killing during a communal forest clearing.

It was also not rare - in the aftermath of an all night drunk, in a remote cabin - to end up having babies exposed to the brutal cold of a Canadian winter, when their blankets were pulled off by tossing, semi-comatose adults, and being found frozen to death, when the parents sobered up later in the morning...

Even today, Canada is so large, empty, and so remote from anything passing for civilization, that many people, historically, have drunk more than they should, or - like Michael Ignatieff - early on, realizing the awfulness of this kind of existence, moved to the US, to get away from the misery of it all.

Canada, admittedly, is so cold, culturally vacuous, and so full of uninteresting people, that no one in their right mind would do serious time up here.

Or get married to one of the local gals, once one has seen what's available from elsewhere...

Just ask one who voted with his feet, in the 1960s - Michael Ignatieff - who chose to spend virtually his entire adult life about as far from Canada as was humanly possible, and only turned up recently - after an absence of almost 40 years - mildly curious, to see if anything had improved here since he left this rural backwater to do serious time elsewhere.

But, oh yes, he felt qualified to accept the nomination of Liberal Party candidate for the Prime Ministership of Canada, for which he had been anointed by the corporate bagmen for the special interests which govern Canada.

And he brought back a gypsy gal from the land of Prince Vlad the Impaler, who had a castle high above the Danube near Esztergom in Hungary.

Prince Vlad the Impaler - of both men and women - of course, is Count Dracula of Bram Stoker fame, which is why Ignatieff felt an instant affinity to him, his country, and its women.

He is also related to a count so they have a lot in common, a taste for royal blood... and TORTURE.

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Below two men - Prince Vlad the Impaler and Count Ignatieff - irresistibly drawn together by the forces of history, because of many shared traits: both came from a gene pool resulting from screwing only among the finest people (it's in Ignatieff's books); both had a fetish about royal blood; both loved Hungarian women; both loved TORTURE.

But here they parted company. Prince Vlad publicly acknowledged his twisted passion. Count Ignatieff is himself tortured because he tries to hide in public, what he loves in private.

The conflict clearly shows in the two portraits.

Right just after a torture demonstration session where he showed his Liberal caucus members how he would wring Jack Layton's neck, once and for all, if he could just get him in a private room, alone...


Prince Vlad looks on in astonishment. He tortured and killed thousands and slept well every night, as his portrait shows.

"Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!"

Inspired by Prince Vlad the Impaler, Count Eggnatieff has been the spiritual and intellectual adviser - according to what its author Col. Nagl told Jon Stewart on late night TV - of the US Armed Forces new Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Apparently the Count, who fancies himself quite the writer, came up with this motto - which Nagl proudly says perfectly summarizes the book - after reading the autobiography of Prince Vlad the Impaler given him as a birthday present by his Hungarian wife... or was it from General "Killer" Hillier????

The very first thing Eggy did upon being brought back to Canada - it took a lot of cajoling and bribes by Liberal party backroom bagmen - was to draft a Canadian version of how to deal with the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world when he becomes Prime Minister.

But word is Michael thinks the motto is too long.

Apparently, our sources tell us, he's already in discussions with General Hillier who's firmly told him to "Get rid of that polite crap... Yeah, and make that blood stain bigger..."

His word of advice to Count Eggnatieff - calm down, learn to live with the fact you love torture. Otherwise you'll get a heart attack and die young...

Obvious words of wisdom. Which is why, next to George Bush, Prince Vlad the Impaler is the favoured patron saint of Count Eggnatieff... And it shows below and right

So Hungarian Prince Vlad the Impaler has firmly installed his love of war, torture, and blood-letting, as key planks in the 21st century election platform of the Liberal Party of Canada. Prince Vlad has made the Liberals turn coat, direction, and colour... to reactionary right wing Conservative blue...

And shows clearly why Canada has lost face everywhere in the world, except in the US and Israel.

And while, in the 20th century, it ranked high among the honoured leaders of the top nations of the world, today it's regarded mostly as little more than an eager, yelping running dog, of George Bush's discredited America, and a minor mafioso state of no more consequence, in the wise counsels of world leadership, than Yemen, Somalia, or Sudan.

Within a few short years the highly esteemed reputation of Canada in the eyes of the world, which it had taken a century of hard work by Canadians of all races and creeds to build up, has been totally squandered away, and debased by a tiny, malevolent group of corporately funded and motivated
Liberal and Conservative politicians.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Our Premier, John A Macdonald, At Rest, 1891
Orig. ribbon - Size - 3 x 5.5"
Found - Burlington, ON

At public gatherings Victorian Canadians would display patriotic ribbons, pinned to their hats, coats or blouses.

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sir John A Macdonald, by Louis-Philippe Hébert - 1886
Orig. plaster statue - Size - 75 cm, wt 7.3 kg
Found - Cambridge, ON
Signed Philippe Hébert

Absolutely fabulous and rare...

from Canada's top Victorian sculptor

Go to Philippe Hébert
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Rarest of the rare is this fabulous colour lithograph dating, probably from the 1870s.

Colour lithographs of political leaders from this period are extremely hard to find. Ones in mint condition, like this one is, impossible.

Queen Victoria knighted Sir John in 1867, for helping to bring about Confederation, setting up Canada as a semiautonomous state.

Canadian teachers, school children, and educators, who hope to find this picture available from the internet sites of Canada's National Library and Archives, or National Museum, will be sorely disappointed.

The fiendish trolls, working in the basement of Canada's National Archives, take great delight in publishing only grotty small images, just enough to arouse interest, and spend day and night, purposely defacing larger ones...

All Canadian school kids get from heritage officials in Ottawa, is the finger...

If Canadian school kids want big, undefaced pictures, for use in educational projects, they have to pay big bucks to civil servants in Ottawa, to help pay their salaries, pensions, and expense accounts, because the government has appropriated the billions once used to look after Canada's heritage collections, to pay for the "holy" war it is fighting in Afghanistan, where ALL the foreign shooting, killing soldiers are white European Christians, and ALL their victims are non-white Muslim men, women, and children...

To Canada's great shame, all around...

Chromolithograph, Prime Minister Sir John A Macdonald (detail) - c 1880
Orig. chromolithograph - Print Size - oa 38 x 51 cm
Found - Omaha, NB
Pub - William Brice, Toronto
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

John A Macdonald Election 1891
Orig. ribbon - Size - 2 x 5.5"
Found - Burlington, ON
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Sir John A Macdonald by Philippe Hébert
Orig. plaster bust - Size - 28 cm
Found - Palgrave, ON
Go to Great Canadian Ceramics
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Another fabulous original photogravure of Sir John A Macdonald, from an original by esteemed Canadian painter Andrew Dickson Patterson (1854-1930) done in 1886.

It is still in its original frame, backing, and very wavy glass and, though the matte is showing slight staining, the photogravure is immaculate.

The frame is somewhat smaller and lighter than the earlier one.

The photogravure is signed ADP 1886 and is the same size as the one above.

This photogravure would have been displayed in this simpler frame, and less ornate matting, in a slightly less well-to-do home, rural bars, and cheaper brothels, like those catering to pensioners, laid off cab drivers and retired priests.

Still, John A is not talking...

The whole thing is in very good shape for being 120 years old.

Both fabulous pieces of history you have an impossible time trying to get in this near mint condition.

Framed Photogravure of Sir John A Macdonald - Andrew Dickson Patterson, 1886
Orig. photogravure and frame - Window frame - 47 x 64 Image Size - 37 x 52 cm
Found - Burlington, ON
Photogravure by Goupil & Cie
Copyright Goldi Productions Ltd. 1996-1999-2005
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous historic antique photogravure of Sir John A Macdonald, created in 1891 by William Bengough (1863 - 1932) a celebrated artist who painted many American and Canadian scenes at the end of the 19th century.

Another famous picture Bengough created was of a mounted Louis Riel during the period he was in a confrontation with the Government of Canada during the Métis Resistance of 1885.

The portrait of John A that Bengough created was used in various versions, one as an ad, showing John A like a huckster, holding a box of soap to sell, and another holding a book to give him an intellectual air.

Photogravure, John A Macdonald - William Bengough, 1891
Orig. photogravure - Image Size - 37 x 52 cm
Found - Kingston, ON



















This print is antique. It has its original wavy glass, and is in mint condition, in a frame that is at least 100 years old.

Up close, under a loupe, all three John A black and white pictures we show here are called "original prints" as they were each, created by a worker who individually inked the plate, rubbed the ink into the crevices on the plate with the palm of his hand, and then applied the paper, running it through a press to transfer the inked image. Then he would re-ink the plate and do it again. There are no dots, like in later photomechanically printed "reproductions" to be seen here.

Notice to Canadian School Children

Right the magnificent photogravure original from 1886. You will not find such a large and magnificent image of Canada's First Prime Minister, nor of any of the other large images we publish here, on any Canadian Government or private Museum web site. To see them you have to pay big bucks to civil servants. You better save up your allowance money, or get another part time job. Civil servants won't take poverty as an excuse to deny you access to pictures of your cultural heritage treasures.

produced in the actual size they publish, is the best you get from the civil service custodians of the original painting which belongs to the People of Canada. Or from any other Canadian Government museum or art gallery.

The custodians are the civil servants in the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, which gets all its money from the taxpayers of Canada. In return it gives Canadian schoolchildren this outrageously tiny picture of the original painting, they hold - to ransom... That's all folks; no need to look anywhere else...

You want a better, bigger one, dear children - you'll have to pay the NCC big bucks.

Below the NCC publishes the provenance of the painting, which shows how outrageous the situation really is, and making it clear it was presented to Prime Minister Meighen, and then DONATED to the People of Canada by his family.

A portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald painted in 1885-1886 by A. Dickson Patterson R.C.A. (1854-1930). In the 1920s, the portrait was purchased by Robert Meighen and passed to Frank Meighen, who presented it to then-Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Arthur Meighen. Gift of Senator Michael A. Meighen, Toronto, Ontario. Photo: NCC

Now the GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF CANADA is repeatedly SOLD BACK to Canadian teachers, educators and schoolchildren, to raise money for the custodial staff.

Macdonald, Patterson, and the Meighens, all of them, would turn over in their graves if they knew it...



















Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Cabinet Card, Sir John A Macdonald, c 1888
Orig. photo - Size - 4.25 x 6.5"
Found - Grimsby, ON
Photo by Desmarais, Montreal, Canada

Above the backs of the two photogravures show what framed antique prints should look like.

The thin cedar shakes are still there, showing the round circular saw marks, another sign of 19th century workmanship. The knots have dried out and fallen off long ago - a very good indicator of age.

Usually where the cedar shakes join, a staining streak transmits to the print in front of it. Lots of antique prints are defaced with vertical or horizontal streaks as a result. Happily this did not happen with either of these photogravures. This is because the photogravures are on thick, quality paper which has absorbed the staining from the back without transmitting it to the front.

The dust cover paper backing - which is used by high end art establishments to close off quality prints from dust getting in - has rotted off from both photogravures. Only the remnants are left on the back on one, and along the edges in the other. Another indicator of quality antique art.

The suspension wire is rusted and very degraded in both; the screws rusted and very wiggly.

The glass on both photogravures is very wavy, typical of that found on 19th century prints. So unlike one finds on so many framed antique prints, neither had its original glass broken and then replaced with later clearer glass. The glass dates from the 19th century.

It all means these photogravures of John A are antique, dating from the 1880s - not repros from the 1930s or 1950s.

Because it produced very high quality and richly textured art prints, photogravure was the printing technique used to make copies from high end art and photographs.

The image was etched into a flat copper plate, producing indentations and wells. The ink was pressed into the crevices, by hand, the excess being removed by the operator with cloths. He finally rubbed the inked surface with the palm of his hand, which further distributed the ink, and removed the excess. Then a high quality paper was placed on top of the copper plate and run through a press. A quality photogravure was carefully lifted off, having absorbed the ink pattern from the copper plate. The plate would then be inked again and prepared by hand as before to make another photogravure. The process was labour intensive, by the each...

And it shows; the photogravures are magnificent in detail.

The texture of the surface looks real as the swirls of ink make it look as if it's a charcoal original.

The photogravures can in no way be compared to modern prints run off by printing press like calendar art, while the operator watches TV.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous original photogravure of Sir John A Macdonald, from an original by esteemed Canadian painter Andrew Dickson Patterson (1854-1930) done in 1886.

This is a very large and heavy frame.

It is still in its original frame, backing, and very wavy glass and, though the matte is showing slight staining, the photogravure is immaculate.

The photogravure is signed ADP 1886 and is the same size as the one below, just more massively framed.

This photogravure would have been displayed in this rich, multi-part frame, with high-end matting, in a good home or in better establishments, bars, and more prosperous brothels, like those catering to upper echelon civil servants on expense accounts.

Whatever John A's eyes have seen, he's not talking...

The whole thing is in very good shape for being 120 years old.


Framed Photogravure of Sir John A Macdonald - Andrew Dickson Patterson, 1886
Orig. photogravure and frame - Window frame - 56 x 71 Image Size - 37 x 52 cm
Found - Brantford, ON
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

John A Macdonald, 1886
Orig. ceramic plate - Size - 28 cm
Found - Napanee, ON
John A: John A Macdonald was the most notable Canadian Prime Minister during the nineteenth century. He was Canada's first, serving in office from Confederation in 1867, with interruptions here and there to do penance for the usual Ottawa corruption, till 1891, when he died, still in office.

His plate was also made in England. Early Canadian souvenir ceramic ware was all made in England, as was most fine china.

Canadian firms were mostly grinding out everyday pottery items like jugs and bottles for storing grains and liquids, and churns for making butter. With transportation still extremely primitive, containers had to be robustly made and cheap, since they broke so often from throwing them in and out of boats and wagons.

The Canadian ceramic industry was geared for the frontier. For most settlers fine china was a frivolous extravagance that would never survive the hurly-burly of life while Roughing it in the Bush. There was no call, so there was no industry. Fine china was all imported for decades, mostly from England.

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

This plate, picked up as a result of a back door sale by a museum, is fabulously rare, and in marvellous shape. The only clue about age is the four men on the front. They served as Canada's Prime Ministers from 1867 to 1896, when Wilfrid Laurier took over. He is not represented so the plate was likely produced in 1895.

The plate features an unbroken line of thirty years of Anglo leaders. Wilfrid Laurier was the first French Canadian elected to the office. By many reckonings, of all the men who have served in the office since, he remains the most highly thought of.

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Canadian Prime Ministers, 1895
Orig. ceramic plate - Size - 26 cm
Found - Dundas, ON

Typical of the decorative motif on much Canadian ceramic ware from mid-century on, is the ratty rodent that British artists drew to supposedly represent Canada's fascination with beavers.

The animals they drew look more like rats than any beaver known to man, and probably gave more than a few the ignoble impression that Canada must be a vast garbage dump to have found this animal the best available to serve as a national symbol.

The plate does carry a stamp on the back but that doesn't mean that N&C made the plate in Toronto. Plate blanks were often sent from Britain and transfers would then be added locally and perhaps fired again.

So N&C was more likely the distributor of the plate. Perhaps, knowing that Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee was just around the corner (60 years on the throne in 1897) it had this patriotic plate produced in the UK.