Themes

GOLD MINING    •    GOLD IN NATURE    •    GOLD IN SOCIETY    •    GOLD IN ART

Art as Documentation

Detail of a map of Halifax Harbour with a topographical inset of several islands.

How would you record your life if cameras didn’t exist? Prior to the advent of photography, artists were in hot demand to document the world around them.

Maps

Surveying today with a GPS is a very different business than surveying was back in the 1700s and 1800s.

Drawings & Watercolours

Watercolours were one of the easiest ways to visually document the world in the 1800s.

Prints

Very few people saw the original paintings done by artists, but they were frequently used to create prints for newspapers and publications.

Oil Paintings

While oil paintings were the preferred medium for artists, the nature of oil paints meant that they were rarely chosen to document exploration in the field.

Photographs

Even though it was difficult to use in the field, early photography captured some gold rush images.