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Item Name: Painting
Title: Northwest Territories Council
Maker: George Herbert Barr
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 25.3 cm x 35.3 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.4
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 is a watercolour painting of the Northwest Territories Council building, located in Regina. The Northwest Territories, in the late 1800’s was a large portion of Canada including the area now known as Saskatchewan. He was primarily a legal advisor and lawyer, and painted casually during his spare time. The simple shapes make this piece seem light and airy, and the colours used may remind us of a sunrise or sunset in early fall. 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.