June 25,1883: Grafton Tyler Brown art exhibition opens in Victoria

The 1 week art exhibition included 22 paintings: views of Victoria, surrounding area and the mainland. This is the first art exhibit in Victoria by any artist. Brown is considered the first professional Black artist on the Pacific North West. The photo was taken in his studio at the Occidental Hotel in Victoria. The painting in progress on the easel is “Valley of the Similkameen (1883)”

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