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Nora Foote, an English artist, visited the Blood Reserve in Alberta, Canada, in 1895, where she painted this portrait of a boy whose name she gave as ‘Willie’. The time of Nora Foote’s visit was a period of transition, and life for children like Willie was very different from that of their parents’ generation. In 1895 the Blood had been living on the Reserve for more than a decade. Several boarding schools had been established by missionaries and it is likely that Willie went to one of them. Activities in which boys had traditionally participated, such as horse raids and buffalo hunts, were already things of the past.

The Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford



Portrait of Willie




oil on card


H 25 x W 17.5 cm

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gift, 1962

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