On Tuesday April 21st the Regimental Museum was pleased to host a private reception to launch our new “QOR Portraits Exhibit”. About 70 donors, members of the Regimental Senate and Trust, and other special guests joined the museum team for this event. Guests were received at the museum’s home, Casa Loma, by a detachment of Regimental Skirmishers, and a brass quintet from the regimental band provided entertainment throughout the evening.
Casa Loma very kindly provided the catering and refreshments and we were also joined by Liberty Entertainment Group (operators of Casa Loma) Vice President Pat Di Donato and Casa Loma President Lynda Washkau.
The exhibit which was originally conceived as a temporary exhibit, will now be a permanent addition to our Museum’s collection. The regiment is very fortunate to have 20 large portraits of our first 17 Commanding Officers, our first Honorary Colonel, and our last two Colonels-in-Chief.
The artist include some of Canada’s and the United Kingdom’s leading portrait painters:
- Richard Stone (Duchess of Cornwall)
- John Stanton Ward (Princess Alexandra)
- W.L. Forster (First seven CO’s and Lord Roberts of Kandahar)
- Wyly Grier (Sir Henry Pellatt)
- Dorothy Stevens (Reginald Pellatt)
- (Robert) Allen Barr (several CO’s)
- Carl Ahrens (Malcolm Mercer)
- Hal Denton (LCol Langmuir)
Thanks to the generous donations of members of the regimental family, we able to reproduce high-resolution photographs taken by Christopher Lawson in 2010 (and one by Larry Hicks in 2015), onto high quality canvas working through Elevator Digital. An exhibit catalogue was also produced.
In the weeks prior to the exhibit, members of the museum’s volunteer team worked hard to ensure all the works were properly hung and labels mounted in time for this reception.
I would certainly encourage you to visit the regimental museum to see this new exhibit. Casa Loma hours of operation and entrance fees can be found on their website: http://www.casaloma.org
You can also check out more photos of the event on our Facebook page.
Note: An earlier version of this post indicated an incorrect date for the event which has now been corrected.