unknown after James Ashfield photo, after Robert Harris, The Fathers of Confederation, c.1885, tint stone lithograph, 45.9 x 83.5 cm. Gift of John and Norma Oyler, 2014.82

CONFEDERATION - 150 Years: 23 Prime Ministers

Saturday, 22 October 2016 to Sunday, 26 March 2017

October 22, 2016 - March 26, 2017
John and Norma Oyler Gallery

In the lead-up to the sesquicentennial of Confederation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will present a survey of prime-ministerial portraits. Artists have depicted the Fathers of Confederation, two of whom would themselves serve as prime minister, and the twenty-three who have held that post from Sir John A Macdonald to Justin Trudeau, in engravings, lithographs, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. Some have simply recorded a particular event; some have produced official portraits gauged to elicit approval from both sitter and viewer; but others, particularly editorial cartoonists, have scratched beneath the surface to comment on the position of each prime minster at a moment in history.