Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Our National Parliament Buildings - a treasure in sculpturing, and carving.

For those Canadians fortunate enough to tour our Parliament buildings in Ottawa, it is a visual delight for those interested in carvings in both wood and stone, and in viewing elegant portraits of former prime ministers.

This featured sculpture is of a young Queen Victoria and was sculpted by Marshall Wood in 1871.

Parliament gained a permanent home after Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital in 1857. The Library building, designed in the High Victorian Gothic Revival style by Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones, opened in 1876. Its circular shape and the use of galleries and alcoves were the inspiration of the first Parliamentary Librarian, Alpheus Todd. He recommended that the building be “spacious and lofty” and wisely advised that it be separated from the Centre Block by a corridor to protect it from fire.

The information for this posting came from the Government of Canada website. Please click here.

Please click, Public Art in Montreal, here.

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