"Walruses in Pool" August 1901, Watercolor by Russell W. Porter
Dated August 1901, this watercolor was painted by Russell Williams Porter, an artist and surveyer for the the Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition of 1901. A veteran of six Arctic trips between 1894 and 1903, Porter left behind an impressive collection of paintings, drawings, notebooks, journals, and correspondence.
Esquimalt Harbor, from summit of “Mill Mountain” near head of bay showing Active's and Satellite's anchorage. In the distance Smiths' or Blunts' Island and entrance to Haro and Rosario Straits, 1857 - 1862, James Madison Alden, Artist
This landscape is one of a series of watercolors of the northwest boundary between the Rocky Mountains and Point Roberts, commissioned on the basis of an Act of Congress from August 11, 1856. The sketches were created by James W. Alden who accompanied the survey party that, during the 1860s and in compliance with the Treaty of 1846, was responsible for recording characteristics of the northwestern boundary of the United States.