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Title: First Whiskey Spilled

Date: 1874

Creator: Richard Barrington Nevitt

Additional Creator Information: Canadian (1850-1928)

Medium: watercolour and pencil on paper

The Hudson's Bay Company no longer controlled trade by 1870, and new traders brought whiskey to exchange for buffalo robes. The whiskey trade brought terrible changes for the First Nations. To stop this deadly whiskey trade, the Canadian government established the North-West Mounted Police. North-West Mounted Police surgeon Richard Nevitt observed the Police destroying some of that illegal whiskey (transported in large metal cans) and recorded the event in his watercolour painting.

Collection Area: Art

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum; Purchased, 1974

Catalogue No: 74.7.11

Image No: P0005327

Learn More:
This artifact can be used in conjunction with The North-West Mounted Police: Policing the West education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.

This artifact is currently on exhibit and is also featured in the online exhibition Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta.


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