Emily Carr Finlayson Point
(photo courtesy Sandra Hudson Communications)

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) announced on Tuesday that it has received a number of donated works from two Victoria-raised brothers, including a never before seen painting by Emily Carr.

Ian and Andrew Burchett made the donation on behalf of their parents, long-time friends of the AGGV’s Peter and Damaris Burchett.

Included in the donation are two paintings by Emily Carr, two from Group of Seven Member Lawren S. Harris, and several other works of art.

One of the two works by Carr is an untitled painting of Finlayson Point on Dallas Road that was purchased by Peter Burchett’s mother, Bets Burchett, directly from the artist after they met over a shared passion for dogs.

The painting was later given to Peter and Damaris as a wedding gift in 1958, and hung over the fireplace mantle in the living room of their North Saanich home.

Peter and Damaris Burchett built that house together in 1960 and resided in it until they passed away in 2013 and 2019 respectively.

“It is with considerable pride that these artworks, which graced our family home, are now part of the AGGV’s collection,” said Ian and Andrew Burchett.

“These gifts span two generations on both sides of our family – maternal and paternal – and we hope that they can be enjoyed by others in the community and all visitors to the Gallery.”

Two of the paintings are already on display at the AGGV, and plans are underway to display the other donated works, including several Chinese jade pieces from Peter’s collection, two concrete panels by Herbert Siebner, and family portraits dating from the mid-1600’s.

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