Artwork

These digital collections feature artwork and posters held by UVic Libraries and our community partners.


Chinese Propaganda Poster Project
Detail from poster

Chinese Propaganda Poster Project

The University of Victoria digital archive concentrates on a golden age of poster production, from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. At this time, a faction within a divided Communist Party both perpetuated the former image of harmony and prosperity, and simultaneously launched urgent and strident political campaigns against its rivals for power. Following that faction’s downfall and the ascendancy of their opponents, the posters presented new directions for the nation.


JM's World War One Sketchbooks
Caricature of army officers

JM's World War One Sketchbooks

These images are from two World War One sketchbooks signed only "J.M." containing watercolour and pen and ink images. J.M. was a British soldier based in France and Belgium between 1917 and 1918. The sketches range from caricatures to sombre images suggesting the horror and carnage experienced by those at the Front.

See also: World War I sketchbook collection


Katharine Maltwood Collection
Portrait of K.E. Maltwood

Katharine Maltwood Collection

Katharine Emma Maltwood (nee Sapsworth) was an artist and author who held a life-long fascination with ancient history, folklore, mythology, spirituality, and the occult. This collection of digital surrogates represents items from the University of Victoria Libraries’ Katharine Emma Maltwood Fonds. It is of note that many of the seemingly unrelated items in the archive are associated with zodiacal symbolism in some manner.

See also: Katharine Maltwood: Seeking the Tree of Life

This online exhibit presents a selection of artefacts from the Katharine Emma Maltwood fonds related to Maltwood’s interest in Glastonbury, the Holy Thorn Tree, and the enduring impact of her work.


Pacific Opera Victoria Poster Collection
Detail of The Merry Widow poster

Pacific Opera Victoria Poster Collection

In 2013, Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) staged its 100th production, Verdi's Falstaff. This collection of posters was gathered to celebrate that milestone.

The posters show as much variety as the productions they advertise, drawing on local illustrators, photographers and typographers to convey the flavour of each opera.


Sir William Orpen Illustrated Letters
Detail of a letter and drawing

Sir William Orpen Illustrated Letters

William Orpen was a renowned portrait painter and First World War artist. He was prolific, leaving a legacy of portraiture and painting that includes politicians Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson, fellow artists such as Augustus John, and historical events such as the Versailles Peace Treaty.

See also: Sir William Orpen collection