Vancouver's Legacy

ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Town Hall (King's Lynn Festival)


King's Lynn Town Hall (King's Lynn Festival)

John Horton, the leading Canadian marine artist, discussed with a festival audience his paintings which record Captain George Van-couver's journeys mapping the coast of North America.

After giving an illustrated talk on his career, he answered questions about the series of pictures which form the principal festival exhibition - being staged in the council chamber in the town hall - which is central to the festival's theme in marking the 250th annivers-ary of Vancouver's birth.

Mr Horton served in the Royal Navy and emigrated to Canada in 1966. He became concerned that the Lynn-born explorer had not received the recognition he deserved.

So he set about establishing Vancouver's reputation by sailing the routes of all the explorer's 18th-century voyages and studying the original naval plans, charts and journals and creating graphic pictures of the historic voyages of exploration.

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Mr Horton's talk underlined the importance of careful research necessary for realistic paintings.

His great attention to detail is reflected in his work which creates a fascinating and impressive display demonstrating both his passion to promote the full story of Vancouver and his talent as an artist.

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