Friday, 21 November 2008

Customs House

5"X7" Marker on paper

126 Queen Street Niagara-on-the-Lake was built around 1825 according to Peter Stokes' excellent book Old Niagara on the Lake now sadly out of print but available used.

Niagara-on-the-Lake was once an important border town and the customs house would of course have played a significant role. The coat of arms is the royal coat of arms of the British throne (dating back to Henry V) and reads "Dieu et mon Droit" . It seems to be a modern replica because the picture in Mr. Stokes book, although it follows the same conventions (lion & unicorn surrounding shield), the design is different.

I am honoured to be the featured today in the new "Friday Shed Art" feature over at Shedworking, which is one of my favourite non-art blogs. (I suffer from chronic shed-envy)

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