Aubrey Bell and Patricia Bennett
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. Winter Trees by Elaine Harrison
Item Price: $800
Item Description: Title: Winter Trees in Bedeque (1984)
Artist: (Attributed to) Elaine Harrison
Image size: 9” x 11 5/8” (22.9 x 29.6 cm)
Description: Acrylic on hardboard. Original hardwood frame. Identified and dated on reverse of frame.
This sketch appears to be a study a for a larger painting titled “Trees by my Window in Bedeque, 1984.” An image can be found in the book “Elaine Harrison: I am an island that dreams,” published by The Acorn Press, Charlottetown, 2011 [Page 36].
Elaine Harrison (1915-2003) spent most of her working life as a teacher in Summerside. Although she was with the PEI Art Society in the 1950s, it wasn’t until her retirement from teaching in 1968 that she devoted most of her time to writing, and painting. She was inspired by the work of the Group of Seven and iconic artists such as Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Over time, Harrison’s painting style evolved. In later years, she rarely used brushes, preferring to apply paint with a pallet knife. Harrison’s works are vigorous, direct, colourful, abstracted impressions of her favourite subjects: the red cliffs and shorelines near her summer home in Fernwood; the stands of hardwood trees near her home in Bedeque, PEI; Island harbours; and her many cats. A retrospective exhibition entitled, Elaine Harrison: I Am an Island That Dreams, was held in the Art Gallery of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown in 2011/12.
2. Les Vins de Bourgogne by Guy Arnoux
Item Price: $950
Item Description: Title: Les Vins de Bourgogne (The Wines of Burgundy), c1920
Artist: Guy Arnoux (1886-1951
Size: 47″ x 31″ (119.4 x 78.7 cm)
Description: Stone lithograph. Original advertising poster mounted on linen. Published by Devambez, Paris.
Guy Arnoux was a French type designer, illustrator and painter. He’s known to have illustrated nearly eighty books. Arnoux was interested in many fields of decorative art, including sets for ocean liners (Le Lafayette in 1930), advertisements, games, posters, menus, programs, costumes, fans, scarves, and even shoes. In 1914, he designed a typeface , entitled Guy-Arnoux Capitale. Coming from a military family, the army and patriotism were among his favorite themes. Armoux is part of the Cercle des Mortigny, founded by Dimitri d’Osnobichine in 1908. Arnoux died at his home near Orléans, in Ardon, after a day of hunting.
3. The Artist’s Mother by Robert Harris
Item Price: $1850
Item Description: Title: The Artist’s Mother, Sarah (Stretch) Harris
Artist: Robert Harris (1849-1919)
Image size: 11” x 8” (27.9 x 20.3 cm)
Description: Mixed media. Signed at left. Framed.
Sarah Stretch was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire on June 17th, 1818, to Joseph Stretch and Margaret (Peggy) Holden. She married William Critchlow Harris and had 8 children. Sarah passed away on February 27th, 1897, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Robert Harris was born in Wales, but moved to PEI as a youth with his family in the 1850s. Later, he studied art in Boston, London’s Slade School of Art, in Paris under Léon Bonnat, and in Rome. He traveled extensively, finally settling in Montreal. Harris is perhaps best known for his portrait of the Fathers of Confederation that was commissioned to paint in 1883. He was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA) and elected president of the RCA in 1893. An important collection of his works is housed at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Harris was married, but had no children.
4. Map of the Island of St. John
Item Price: $950
Item Description: Title: A map of the island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Laurence divided into counties & parishes and the lots as granted by government. To which are added the soundings round the coast & harbours (1775)
Cartographer/Publisher: Robert Sayer (Thomas Jefferys) , London
Image size: 14 1/4″ x 27 1/2″ (36.2 x 69.9 cm) to the neat line
Description: Copper-plate engraving. Liberated from the North American Pilot, 1794 (2nd state). The map is based on the coastal survey undertaken by Captain Samuel Holland and his team in 1764-65. It shows administrative and political divisions, as well as depth soundings, for St. John’s Island (present day Prince Edward Island). In addition, there’s an inset map showing the island’s position in the Gulf of St. Laurence. Another inset lists the names of the original lot holders. The map is highlighted with outline hand-colouring. There’s a centre vertical fold, as found. The paper is somewhat age toned. There’s also discoloration around the perimeter of the image from an earlier picture framing.
Robert Sayer (1725–1794) was a leading publisher and seller of prints, maps and maritime charts in Georgian Britain.
5. Kilmeny of the Orchard
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Title: Kilmeny of the Orchard
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: L.C. Page, Boston: 1910 (1st edition, 1st printing)
Description: 256pp + 6 pages publisher’s advertising. Octavo. Illustrated in color by George Gibbs. Bound in tan-coloured cloth with gilt titles and illustrated paste-down on front panel. Gift inscription (dated 1910) in ink on front free endpaper. Minor spotting and soiling from handling consistent with age and moderate usage.
Kilmeny of the Orchard is the 3rd published novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The plot involves a young man named Eric Marshall who goes to teach at a school on Prince Edward Island. Upon his arrival Eric meets Kilmeny, a mute girl with perfect hearing. Gradually, Eric falls in love with Kilmeny, but when he proposes she rejects him. Although Kilmeny loves Eric in return, she believes her disability will only hinder his life if they were married.
6. Lobster Buoys Hooked Rug
7. Cape Breton Illustrated
Item Price: $500
Item Description: Title: Cape Breton Illustrated: Historic, Picturesque and Descriptive
Author: John M. Gow
Illustrator: James A. Stubbert (photographer)
Publisher: William Briggs, Toronto: 1893
Description: Oblong quarto. 423 pp. Illustrated with half-tone photo images. Bound in red cloth with black and gilt titles and decoration on front panel and spine. Cloth shows modest spotting and soiling from handling. Front endpaper reinforced at gutter with archival tape. Binding somewhat shaken.
Association copy: Original owner’s signature in ink on front endpaper. Owner was C.B. (Charles Benjamin) Chappell (1857-1931) a prominent architect in Prince Edward Island. Born at Charlottetown on October 10th, 1857 to William Chappell and Mary Ann Turner, Charles Benjamin Chappell would design a variety of buildings in Prince Edward Island, from private homes and public buildings to commercial blocks and churches. Three of his works are now National Historic Sites. He had command of many architectural styles and left an inspiring legacy of structures, many of which have become iconic.
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8. Cary’s Map of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, etc.
Item Price: $400
Item Description: Title: A New Map of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland &c. from the latest discoveries, 1807
Publisher/Cartographer: John Cary, London: 1808
Image size: 18 1/8″ x 20 1/2″ (40.0 x 52.1 cm) to the outer neat line.
Description: Copper plate engraving. Highlighted with hand-coloring. Liberated from Cary’s New Universal Atlas, containing distinct Maps of all the Principal States and Kingdoms throughout the World – From the latest and best authorities Extant. The map shows the Atlantic provinces including most of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. Of note, P.E.I. is still identified on the map as “St. John’s Island” even though the name had officially changed eight years earlier in 1799.
John Cary (1755-1835) was a British cartographer and publisher best known for his clean engraving and distinct style. By the time of his death Cary had become the authoritative name in private map publishing in England.
9. History of Newfoundland
Item Price: $350
Item Description: Title: The History of Newfoundland from the earliest times to the year 1860
Author: Rev. Charles Pedley
Publisher: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, London: 1863
Description: Octavo. 531 pp + 24 pages of publisher’s advertising. Folding map in front endpaper sleeve. Ex-library. Bound in brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Brown endpapers. Library bookplate on front endpaper. Paper loss on back endpapers likely caused by removal of library labels. Content pages lightly age toned. Binding restored (re-backed) by Pierre Thibaudeau.
“Pedley’s History of Newfoundland . . . is attractively written. He went to some pains to give due recognition to earlier writers on the subject, John Reeves and Lewis Amadeus Anspach, and criticized another whom he accused of “over credulousness.” He shows considerable tolerance for other races and other beliefs.” – Minerva Tracy, Dictionary of Canadian Biography
10. Making of a Canadian
Item Price: $100
Item Description: Title: The Making of a Canadian
Author: Joseph Allen
Illustrator: Elmer Rache
Publisher: Allen Publishing, Newark, N.J.: 1918
Description: Octavo. 383 pp. Illustrated with half-tone engravings. Signed with an inscription in ink by the author on front free endpaper (dated 10/14/20). Bound in brown cloth with gilt titles on front panel and spine. Cover shows modest edge wear and rubbing consistent with age and moderate usage.
“The stories, with one or two exceptions, describe incidents in which I took an active part. And the exceptions were related to me by the participants, with whom I was quite familiar. The characters portrayed in my book were all living, moving, animated beings, with whom I was personally acquainted. I have introduced them to my readers exactly as I knew them, and have described them just as I found them. But for fear of causing pain or offending their sensibilities, I have given them fictitious names.” – Joseph Allen, Preface
11. Familiar Wild Flowers
Item Price: $400
Item Description: Title: Familiar Wild Flowers (Series #1 through #5)
Author: F. Edward Hulme
Publisher: Cassell and Company, London, Paris & Melbourne: nd (c1897)
Description: Thick octavo. Five sections bound together. Illustrated by the author with 200 colour plates + about 800 pp of text. New binding with leather title label on the spine, marbled papers on the boards, and faux leather on the spine and tips. Interior pages show minor age toning. Binding by Pierre Thibaudeau. Original owner’s signature in ink (dated 1897) on front fly leaf. Text pages age toned. Color plates clean and bright.
Frederick Edward Hulme (1841 – 1909) was known as a teacher and an amateur botanist. He was the Professor of Freehand and Geometrical Drawing at King’s College London from 1886. His most famous work was Familiar Wild Flowers.
12. Newfoundland / Isle de Terre-neuve
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Title: Isle de Terre-neuve, 1749
Cartographer: Didier Robert de Vaugondy (c1723–1786)
Image size: 6 3/4″ x 7 3/8″ (17.1 x 18.7 cm) to the outer neat line.
Description: Copper-plate engraving. Highlighted with hand-coloring. This map mentions “the interior of the country is entirely unknown” showing the limits of geographic knowledge even in the middle of the 18th century. By contrast, the coastal ports and anchorages are well listed.
13. Mary Pickford
Item Price: $175
Item Description: Title: Sunshine and Shadow
Author: Mary Pickford
Publisher: William Heinemann, London, Melbourne & Toronto: 1956
Description: Octavo. 382pp. Illustrated with photo images. Signed in ink with inscription by the author (Hollywood,1961). Bound in blue cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Shows modest edge wear. Lacks dust jacket.
Inscription reads …
Dear Kenneth (?),
I started out at $5
a day, so you can
start out for less and
still reach the top.
Gladys Louise Smith (1892 – 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-American film actress and producer with a career that spanned five decades. A pioneer in the American film industry, she co-founded Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists, and was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cited as “America’s Sweetheart” during the silent film era, she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. – Wikipedia
14. Life of Nelson
Item Price: $500
Item Description: Title: The Life of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronté, &c.
Author: T.O. Churchill
Publisher: Harrison and Rutter, London: 1810 [2nd edition]
Description: Small folio. 94pp. Illustrated with engravings. Rebound in blue buckram with leather title label on spine. Binding by Pierre Thibaudeau. Contents show soiling from handling and moderate damp staining in margins.
Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (1758 – 1805), also known simply as Admiral Nelson, was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded in combat, losing sight in one eye in Corsica at the age of 35, and most of one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife when he was 38. He was fatally shot during his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. – Wikipedia
15. Carte du Golphe de St. Laurent
Item Price: $200
Item Description: Title: Carte du Golphe de St. Laurent et pays voisins pour servir à l’Histoire générale des voyages
Cartographer: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772)
Publisher: Didot, Paris: c1757
Image size: 8 5/8″ x 14 1/4″ (21.9 x 36.2 cm) to the outer neat line.
Description: Copper-plate engraving. Map of present day Atlantic Canada, including Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Laurence. Liberated from and edition of Abbé Prevost’s ‘Histoire Generale des Voyages…’ Shows folds, as found.
Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles (1697 – 1763), usually known simply as the Abbé Prévost, was a French author and novelist. In 1731 he wrote the famous Manon Lescaut, later turned into an opera by Puccini. In 1746, he began publishing the first volumes of his Histoire générale des voyages. The work was not completed until after his death. The work presents an overview of the living of the people, animals and plants to be found around the world. Many of the views and maps were added later, of which several were made by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, including the one on offer here.