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January 25, 2005
Capture the feel of old Toronto
Discover old Toronto through the eyes of one of its most influential 19th
century citizens - John George Howard. Opening at the Market Gallery on
February 5, the exhibit The Textures of a Lost Toronto: John Howard's
Documentary Art & Drawings, 1830s - 1880s transports visitors to
pre-industrial Toronto where grand structures rose from muddy streets and the
city cemented its place as the province's leading community.

Howard helped build and define the early city, and this exhibit is a testament
to his most prolific period. A rare collection of original art and artifacts
illustrates both Howard's vision and record. Architectural plans, maps, models
and watercolours portray the Georgian urban environment of a lost Toronto.

Today, little of Howard's work survives. A notable exception is his home in
High Park. Colborne Lodge, built circa 1837, is now a City of Toronto museum
and an important example of Regency Picturesque architecture.

The exhibition draws from the collections of the City of Toronto, the Toronto
Public Library, the Archives of Ontario and the National Archives of Canada. It
represents the first time that all of this material has been exhibited in one
place, although some paintings were displayed in Toronto's earliest art shows
in the 19th century.

The Textures of a Lost Toronto is curated by Dr. Carl Benn, Chief Curator of
the City of Toronto, and is on display until June 5.

The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence
Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday: 10 a.m. -
4 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sunday: noon - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Media Contacts:
Pamela Wachna, Coordinator of Collections & Outreach, 416-392-7604
Carl Benn, Chief Curator, Museums & Heritage Services,



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