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Hot Art: Relive History at the Market Gallery

B.T.A. Griffiths' The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York (image courtesy of the City of Toronto)

MARCH 3 TO SEPTEMBER 8 This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which pitted American forces against British colonial troops. Toronto, then known as York, was the site of fevered combat as the war continued in 1813—the Battle of York saw the Americans capture our sylvan settlement and subsequently put it to the torch. The Market Gallery commemorates this skirmish with a Book of Remembrance, which records the names of soldiers who died in battle, plus a display of rare battlefield artifacts, plus first-person accounts of the fighting, custom-designed maps and a newly acquired painting, The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York by B.T.A. Griffiths, that depicts a dramatic scene from the struggle. The exhibition marks the first of many events in Toronto marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

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