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An exhibition organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada.
Une exposition organisée et diffusée par Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
September 22, 2012 to January 20, 2013

Who says Canadians are shy and retiring? This major exhibition of 100 works offers visitors an opportunity to peek behind the façade of intriguing Canadians. Visitors are invited to discover portraits of over fifty Canadians that tell compelling stories of assumed identity, assassination, exploitation, discovery, invention, injustice, activism, and achievement.

Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left—and are leaving—their mark on our country and our culture. The works span four centuries, from early explorers such as Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain, to contemporary icons such as David Suzuki and Joni Mitchell, in a variety of media including paintings, photographs, cartoons, drawings, video, and sculpture.

This exhibition showcases the richness and diversity of the national portrait collection and provides the opportunity for Library and Archives Canada to exhibit some works for the first time.

About Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada is the shared documentary heritage of all Canadians. A national treasure of inestimable value, it spans the entire history of Canada, and comprises materials in all media from all parts of the country, as well as records and publications of Canadian interest from outside the country.

The collections of Library and Archives Canada contain portraits of over one million Canadians dating back to 1689, as well as textual archives for various individuals and groups who have contributed to Canada’s cultural, social, economic, and political

Media Release: The McMichael Intrigues Visitors with a Double Take on Canadian Portraits


Related Programming

Saturday, September 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians
Join curator Carolyn Cook on a tour revealing the most compelling and diverse stories of Canadian personalities, such as sprinter Ben Johnson and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. A special treat for those who love the more personal take on Canadian history. Included with gallery admission. Registration required.

Sunday, September 23, 1:30 p.m.
The Signallers, An Art Encounter with Artist Elaine Goble
Reflect upon Canadian history with Elaine Goble, artist of Senator Romeo Dallaire’s portrait on view in the Double Take exhibition. Elaine Goble’s passion for Canadian military history takes her to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, from where this story literally dropped on her doorstep in an old trunk full of memorabilia belonging to a certain Colonel Lorne Ardiel. Reconstructing the historical narrative from old letters and photographs, Goble has created an artwork entitled The Signallers that will be unveiled during this presentation. Included with gallery admission. Registration required.

Sunday, October 28, 11:30 a.m.  
Double Take: Beyond the Public Image Art Chat
Does a camera capture reality? What does a portrait say about the sitter? Come and explore these questions as our docent takes you through two special exhibitions that reveal interesting facets of famous personalities, including Queen Elizabeth II. Included with gallery admission. No registration required.

Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians

TT (Tom Thomson) - Gordon Rayner, 2001

Gordon Rayner
TT (Tom Thomson), 2001
Library and Archives Canada
© Estate of Gordon Rayner, 2001.

Grey Owl - Yousuf Karsh

Grey Owl
Yousuf Karsh, 1936
Library and Archives Canada 

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
Barbara Woodley, 1990
Library and Archives Canada,
© Barbara Woodley.

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Pierre E. Trudeau campaign dress
Artist unknown, 1968
Library and Archives Canada
© The Federal Liberal Agency of Canada


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