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Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Hamnett Pinhey fonds:

Finding Aid



Summary

Title:Hamnett Pinhey fonds.
Dates:– 1839-1852.
Quantity: – 1 cm of textual material.

Biographical Sketch

Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey (1784-1857), Canadian businessman, community leader, and politician, was born in Plymouth Dock, Devonshire, England, the son of William Pinhey and Mary Townley, and educated at Christ's Hospital, London. In 1820 Pinhey and his family immigrated to Canada, where he obtained a land grant of 1000 acres in March Township west of Bytown (Ottawa) in recognition of his services as King's messenger during the Napoleonic Wars. Pinhey operated grist and saw mills on his estate, was active as a financier, philanthropist, journalist, and politician and was a member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada from 1847 until 1857. In 1850 Pinhey commissioned a portrait of Queen Victoria for the County Courthouse from George Theodore Berthon (1806-1892).

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Scope and Contents

Fonds consists of letters and invoices. Included is a letter from Charles Matthews dated January 1839 that discusses a land transaction and his experiences as the temporary head of Upper Canada College. The fonds also includes correspondence between Pinhey and various individuals, including Canadian artists James Duncan (1806-1881) and George Theodore Berthon (1806-1892), regarding the commission to copy John Partridge's Portrait of Queen Victoria. Invoices and correspondence for the assessment of a watch for Pinhey by the Montreal jewellery and silverware firm of Savage and Lyman and an appraisal for the watch signed Samuel D. Rockwell are also part of the fonds.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by H.P. Hill, Q.C., descendant of Hamnett Pinhey, in 1970. The invoices and correspondence from Savage & Lyman were donated by Charles Hill, son of H.P. Hill, in 1985.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Hamnett Pinhey fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Related material: Papers relating to Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey and family can be found at the Library and Archives of Canada.
Note: Photocopies of two letters to Pinhey regarding the Portrait of Queen Victoria from the Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey and family collection at Library and Archives Canada have been filed with the fonds for the convenience of the researcher.

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Index Terms

Names:
Bertron, George Theodore, 1806-1892
Duncan, James D., 1806-1881
Pinhey, Hamnett, 1784-1857
Organizations:
Savage & Lyman
Document Types:
Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by H.P. Hill, Q.C., descendant of Hamnett Pinhey, in 1970. The invoices and correspondence from Savage & Lyman were donated by Charles Hill, son of H.P. Hill, in 1985.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Hamnett Pinhey fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Correspondence - Portrait commission 
File 2 Correspondence - Portrait commission 
File 3 Correspondence and invoices from Savage & Lyman 

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