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[Original Signed Watercolour Dated and Titled:] Behind Waterworks' House, Brockton Point, Vancouver.
8 September 1898. Watercolour ca. 21x29,5 cm (8 ½ x 11 ½ in). The watercolour is recently matted. With a couple of minor mild spots of foxing but overall a very good watercolour. This historically interesting early watercolour shows the Vancouver Waterworks Company house at Brockton Point in Stanley Park. "In 1889, the Vancouver Waterworks Company completed construction of a freshwater pipeline from the Capilano River that ran beneath First Narrows and through Stanley Park" (ActiveHistory online). Before 1865, Brockton Point "was utilized as a graveyard for early settlers who came to Vancouver. That year, Edward Stamp - a British businessman in the timber industry - cleared away part of the site in order to build a sawmill. However, he was forced to abandon his plans after realizing the strong currents from the harbour impeded the construction of log booms. He ended up moving the mill to Gastown, becoming Hastings Mill" (Wikipedia).