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Item Name: Painting
Title: Untitled
Maker: George Herbert Barr
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 26.5 cm x 38 cm
ID Number: PC2010.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: George Herbert Barr was a chairman of the Northwest Territories Council and one of the earliest members of the Saskatchewan Arts Association. This piece is a watercolour painting of a small lake near Barr’s home and features two passengers on a sailboat gliding across the water in a prairie lake, surrounded by rolling hills and trees. This sight is all too recognizable for those living in southern Saskatchewan. The image and associations with summer are easily sensed while looking at this piece, creating a sense of peace and relaxation. George Herbert Barr (1878-1960) was born in Norwich, Ontario. Barr moved to Regina, Northwest Territories (now Saskatchewan) in 1898. After graduating from the Normal School, Barr taught in Strasbourg and at the Royal North-West Mounted Police barracks in Regina. In 1902, he began to study law, articling with George W. Brown in Regina before attending Osgoode Hall, Toronto. Active in civic affairs, Barr served as an alderman for the City of Regina (1915-1916), a counselor of the Regina Board of Trade and sat on the board of the Regina Public Library. He was chairman of the Regina College Citizens' Committee and an executive member of numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Boy Scouts Association; the Regina YWCA; the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; the Canadian Club of Regina and the Saskatchewan Art Association.