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