Gallery 18 is an online shop specializing in Prince Edward Island collectibles including fine art, antique maps and prints, old and collectible books, early photography and ephemera. G18 offers original works by noted Island and Canadian artist Robert Harris (1849-1919). Also on offer are works by P.E.I. artists Elaine Harrison, Henry Purdy, Georgie Read Barton, Erica Rutherford, Ben Stahl and others. In addition, G18 carries a good selection of books devoted to island community history and local family genealogy.
Gallery 18 is always interested in purchasing quality items. As well, we are pleased to assist with starting or enhancing a collection for pleasure or investment. We can also assist with the disposal of collections, either through auction or purchase. In addition, G18 offers advice on the best methods of art and paper conservation, picture framing and book rebinding. We also provide an appraisal service.
Gallery 18 is owned and operated by Aubrey Bell and Patricia Bennett. It began operation in Charlottetown in 1996. Now, it’s located near Borden-Carleton on P.E.I.’s south shore.
1. Pianos Daudé Vintage Poster
Item Price: $850
Item Description: An original Art Deco poster for Pianos Daudé in Paris. The poster was designed by André Daudé to promote the opening of his shop in 1924. It’s understood Daudé depicted himself in the poster playing one of his pianos. In 1975, the music store announced it was moving to a bigger space. To promote the move, Pianos Daudé reused the original image updated with the new retail address and telephone number. The poster measures 62” x 46 ½” (157.5 x 118.1 cm). It’s a color lithograph, which has been acid-free conservation mounted and linen backed. Good restored condition
2. Antique Map of Prince Edward Island
Item Price: $2500
Item Description: “A Plan of the Island of St. John” is an early map of what is now Prince Edward Island. Published by Andrew Dury of London in 1775, the map is based on the coastal survey by Captain Samuel Holland completed in 1765. The map shows “the divisions of the Counties, Parishes, and the Lots as granted by Government likewise the Soundings round the Coast and Harbours.” It also features a delightful rococo cartouche with vignettes depicting the primary economic benefits for settlement on the island. The map is a copper engraving measuring about 37 x 71 cm to the outer neat line. There’s some outline hand-coloring. It’s matted and framed under glass.
3. Pictorial Map of Maritime Canada
Item Price: $500
Item Description: A delightful 1963 pictorial map titled, “The Maritime Provinces of Canada.” by Peter R. Furse. The map is #35 from a series of 50, and hand-signed in black ink by the artist. The map measures 14 3/4″ x 22″ to the outer neat line. Peter Reynolds Furse (1901-1970) was born in Farnham, Hampshire, Surrey, England. He entered the Royal Navy during WWI at age 17. Furse was a cartographer and graduated Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge in 1922. In 1931, Furse married Barbara Elizabeth Ross of Saskatchewan. The couple lived in Nairobi, Kenya, and Cape Town, South Africa where during WWII Furse served in the Royal Navy. He rose to the rank of Lt. Commander, Royal Navy. Following retirement, the couple moved to Hampton, New Brunswick, where Furse became an artist designing historical pictorial maps.
4. 105th Battalion Postcard
Item Price: $200
Item Description: A real photo postcard showing two young WWI recruits from Prince Edward Island. Both are wearing collar tags and hat badges for the 105th Battalion. The 105th was organized in November 1915 and mobilization began in Charlottetown a short time later. All the recruiting occurred in P.E.I. The battalion embarked from Halifax on 16 July 1916 aboard the Empress of Britain, arriving in England 9 days later. More than 1100 officers and other ranks made the voyage. However, by January of 1917 the 105th Battalion was amalgamated with the 104th Battalion. The 105th was disbanded altogether by October 1917.
The photographer is identified as Wigmore Brooks from Milford, Godalming, Surrey. During WWI, Brooks set up his camera at Camp Witley in Milford.
In January 1915, orders were issued for establishing a camp on Witley Common for training British and Canadian soldiers before they were sent to France. The camp had its own shops and entertainments. Part of Milford Common was used as a baseball pitch for the troops and one of baseball’s most famous players, Babe Ruth, played there. After the armistice, it was used as a demobilisation camp. Between 30,000 and 50,000 troops passed through Camp Witley during the time it operated between 1916 and 1918.
5. Oak Island Treasure Cover-up
Item Price: $35
Item Description: An interesting speculation on the efforts to protect the Oak Island treasure from being recovered. In this book, Graham Harris investigates evidence to suggest the British military was involved in a cover-up to prevent anyone from getting at the treasure. “The Oak Island Treasure: The Military Cover-up 1752-54” was published in 2007. The copy offered here is signed by the author.
Graham Harris (1937-2014) was born in Coventry, England. He studied Civil Engineering at Imperial College in London, graduating in 1961. As an engineer, Harris would gain broad experience in the practical application of geotechnical engineering related to large projects in the United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Canada. He retired to Bedeque, Prince Edward Island in 1993, where he turned his attention to writing. He died in Summerside, P.E.I., at the age of 77.
6. The Progress and Prospects of Prince Edward Island
Item Price: $200
Item Description: A fair example of a seldom seen P.E.I. title. “The Progress and Prospects of Prince Edward Island” was published by C. Birch Bagster at Charlottetown in 1861. The author says the book’s intent is “to supply information upon which enquiring emigrants may rely, and actual settlers adopt as the basis of a wider knowledge of their beautiful island home.” This copy carries an ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Edward B. Alleyne was 16-years-old when he moved with his family from Barbados to Prince Edward Island in 1838. The Alleynes made Hillsborough Castle at the Head of the Hillsborough River their home. Alleyne would become a Justice of the Peace and a member of the 2nd Kings County Regiment of the Reserve Militia. He was also involved in politics. The book is a small octavo with 139 printed pages, along with a 36 page Appendix. It’s bound with stiff card covers. The covers show edge wear, soiling from handling, and damp staining. The paper spine is lacking. The interior pages show age toning and occasional damp staining.
7. Boer War Scrapbook
Item Price: $500 On Hold
Item Description: As the Boer conflict in South Africa was winding down, the British found themselves with a public relations problem. They were holding hundreds of Boers, including children, in so-called “refugee” or concentration camps. In an attempt to polish their image, the British hit upon a plan to provide education to the children in the camps. They solicited young women from across the Commonwealth to travel to South Africa to teach the Boer children. Women from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada responded to the call – including several from PEI. One of them was the daughter of Benjamin Bremner, Maud(e) Bremner of Charlottetown.
Benjamin Bremner’s scrapbook chronicles his daughter’s entire journey – beginning with her departure by ship from Saint John, New Brunswick, her travel overseas, and her time teaching Boer children in South Africa. The other women from PEI, Grace Dutcher of Charlottetown and C. Gertrude Arbuckle of Summerside, are also mentioned throughout, as are women from the other Maritime provinces.
Benjamin Armitage Bremner (1851-1938) was a lifelong resident of Charlottetown. He’s best remembered as a local historian.
8. Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame
Item Price: $350
Item Description: The book commemorates the opening of the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. It’s a large photo album containing 58 black-and-white photographs from the opening ceremonies. The title page is hand-drawn calligraphy. This copy was presented to Peter Milburn, a director of the Hall of Fame. Peter Robert Milburn (1907-1991) was born and died in Murray River. He was a banker, a speed and figure skating coach. The book shows scuffing and soiling from usage. Interior pages show minor foxing and staining. Also, a signed type-written letter from Senator Lorne Bonnell to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Milburn dated March 15, 1979. In the letter, Senator Bonnell informs Milburn his name appears in the Debates of the Senate for March 12, 1979. A copy of the Senate Hansard for that date accompanies the letter.
9. Strathgartney Homestead Plaque
Item Price: $150
Item Description: An original bronze plaque from the Strathgartney Homestead in Prince Edward Island. The plaque is 11″ in diameter and bears the logo of the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation. The homestead once formed part of the estate of Robert Bruce Stewart, a 19th-century P.E.I. landowner. Strathgartney became a National Historic Site of Canada in 1996. The plaque was acquired at public auction in 2016.
10. Louisa Fanning Marriage Agreement
Item Price: $250
Item Description: AThis is a true copy of the marriage agreement between Sir Gabriel Wood and Miss Louisa Augusta Fanning of her Real Estate in Prince Edward Island and elsewhere. Fanning married Wood in 1830. The 18-page document is dated June 25th of the same year. Louisa Augusta Fanning, born in Pt. Pleasant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in1786. She was the eldest child of Edmund Fanning (later Governor of Prince Edward Island) and Phoebe Maria Burns. Upon her father’s death in 1818 she became heir to extensive properties in Vermont and Prince Edward Island. Lady Wood died on 19 March 1872. This copy of the Prepared by the solicitors Ranken, Ford, Ford & Chester, at Grays Inn, Middlesex, England. The document is hand-written on legal size paper. It shows 3 horizontal folds as issued, edge wear, marginal hand-written notes, minor paper loss, and soiling from handling.
11. Erato & Cupid Oil on Canvas
Item Price: $1200
Item Description: A delightful 19th century painting depicting Erato, one of the Nine Muses of Greek mythology. Erato is the Muse of lyric poetry, including love, erotic poetry and songs. Erato is often shown wearing a wreath of myrtle (periwinkle). Sometimes she’s shown holding a lyre, or a small kithara. The painting is an oil on canvas, which has been relined. It measures 28 1/2″ x 23″ (72.4 x 58.4 cm) and is unframed. The painting likely dates from the mid-19th century and is unsigned. The painted surface shows some minor scuffing.
12. Barry Jeeves Art Pottery
Item Price: $250
Item Description: A nice piece of art pottery by the noted Canadian artist Barry Jeeves. The vase measures about 11″ (27.9 cm) tall and 4 1/2″ (11.4 cm) in diameter at the base. No chips or crazing. Barry Richard Jeeves (1934-2015) was born in Toronto. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and the Sir George Williams College of Art in Montreal. After travelling and painting across North America on his motorcycle, Barry settled in Banff, Alberta, where he met his wife Joan. In 1971, the family moved to Prince Edward Island. Barry continued to work as a professional artist, potter and teacher for over 40 years.
13. Alfred de Dreux Lithograph
Item Price: $350
Item Description: A delightful color lithograph based on a painting by Alfred de Dreux. The print is titled La Vie de Château – Promenade aux Ruines (The Good Life – Walk to the Ruins). The lithographic plate was produced by Cicéri et Charpentier, and published by Imprimeries Lemercier of Paris in the 1850s. The print measures about 22” x 17” and has been professionally cleaned and mounted on archival backing.
14. French Travel Poster
Item Price: $450
Item Description: This French vintage travel poster was commissioned by the SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français – French National Railway Company) in 1946. It depicts a vineyard in the Alsace region. The poster was one of a series in which the SNCF commissioned contemporary regional artists to depict French languages, historical provinces, and cultural regions. The poster measures 39 x 24 1/4” (99 x 61.6 cm). It’s mounted on archival acid-free paper and linen. Paper shows stress consistent with age.
15. The Owl and the Pussycat Picnic
Item Price: $600
Item Description: A wonderful serigraph by Erica Rutherford inspired by Edward Lear’s poem, The Owl and the Pussy-cat. This one is titled, The Picnic. The print measures 21 x 28” (53.3 x 71.1 cm). It’s #12 from a series of 20. It’s titled and numbered in pencil by artist at bottom left, and signed by artist at the bottom right. Erica Rutherford (1923-2008) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but over the years would live in England, France, South Africa, Spain, Italy, and a variety of places in North America. Apart from painting and printmaking, Rutherford was an actor, a designer for the theatre, filmmaker, farmer, teacher, and author. Rutherford studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, and at L’Academie Julien, in Paris. She helped establish the Printmakers Council of P.E.I. workshop in Charlottetown. Her work was selected by Canada Post for a stamp representing P.E.I. for the Canadiana Fund, and she was a designer for the Confederation Centre Theatre. Her publications included, “The Island Alphabet” (children’s book), “Yoga for Cats” (humor), “Dance for Cats” (humor), and “The Owl and the Pussycat” (children’s book). Her autobiography, “Nine Lives”, was published in 1993. In it, she documented her struggle with gender identity that led to her decision to undergo transsexual surgery. Rutherford was admitted to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1999. A scholarship in her name is awarded by the University of Prince Edward Island. Rutherford died in Charlottetown.