WOOD, Percy (1860-1904)
[Album of letters and ephemera relating to his design of the Brant Memorial, including the calling cards of a delegation of Northwest Native Chiefs, who attended the opening ceremony of the memorial]
Vp: 1884-1888. 4to. Approx. 30 letters, plus other ephemera, mounted into the album. Condition varies.
Contemporary half burgundy morocco and cloth covered boards, worn
Album of original letters and ephemera relating to the Brant memorial in Brantford Ontario.
The 1874 visit by HRH Prince Arthur to the Six Nations reservation prompted the formation of a committee to raise funds for the erection of a monument in honor of Joseph Brant, the Mohawk Chief. An international competition was held, and in 1884 Percy Wood was chosen for his massive design, featuring a 9-foot tall bronze likeness of Brant upon a granite pedestal, with two groups of three life-size bronze figures, and two trophies, flanking the sides of the upper base, with four bas-reliefs upon the lower base. The cornerstone was laid in the summer of 1886 and the monument unveiled in October of that year in a formal ceremony, which included Wood and a large number of dignitaries from Canada, the United States and England, as well as representatives of the various native tribes of Canada.
The present album assembled by Wood includes letters from Sir Henry Ponsonby (Queen Victoria's private secretary), Sir John A. MacDonald, the Duke of Buckingham, Oscar Alexander Junck, Sir Samuel Griffiths, Lord Salisbury, Henry Streatfield (secretary to the Governor General of Canada), Sir Richard Owen, F. H. Furniss, Sir Howard Elphinstone (Duke of Connaught), and more.
Perhaps most interesting, however, are the engraved calling cards of members of a North West Territory delegation to the unveiling ceremony, including Crowfoot (Chief of the Blackfeet), North Axe (Chief of the Piegan Blackfeet), Chief Three Bulls, Red Crow (Chief of the Blood-Blackfeet), Chief Ah-tuck-kah-coop, Chief One Spot, Chief Kah-kee-wis-ta-haw, Chief Osap, Chief Mis-tah-wah-ris, as well as Indian agent Lieut. Col. Macdonald and interpreter Peter Hourie.