Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dave Thompson Revisited

I recently posted about an amazing artist from my region named Don McMaster. I posted about Don because he had created a series of paintings about explorer David Thompson.

Now the Canadian National History Society's magazine (formerly known as The Beaver), has published a cover story about this series...
McMaster... [created] a series of paintings that depict the travels of the explorer David Thompson through northwestern Ontario and the prairies.

Thompson mapped over 3.9 million square kilometres of western North America for the North West Company, beginning in 1797. He traversed the Canadian prairies and the Rocky Mountains several times and was the first European to navigate the length of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Thompson is widely considered to be one of the greatest land geographers to ever live.