Beaverbrook Art GalleryJune 24, 20190 Comments

Hats off to Quebec on St. Jean Baptiste Day


We're celebrating St.Jean Baptiste Day with some historical trivia from our collection of Cornelius Krieghoff paintings!


Featured in this photo is Celine Gorham, Curatorial Registrar for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and resident sewing expert, who made her own hat to match those depicted in Krieghoff’s paintings. Little did she know when she began the project that this particular style of hat is a little piece of French-Canadian history. Read on for Celine’s account of the knitting process and the fascinating story behind the colour-coded hats.

“I set out to make a night cap like the one worn in the Krieghoff painting of a gentleman reading a newspaper [pictured above],…

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