The Dowling Scrolls One Of The Hidden Treasures of Uxbridge
The Dowling Scrolls will be on display at the Uxbridge Museum September 14, 15, 27, & 28, 2013.
Just occasionally, Uxbridge is treated to a rare glimpse of history. To the enjoyment and amazement of all who see them, The Dowling Scrolls are only occasionally unrolled and brought to light for a significant display. Rev James Thomas Dowling created this astounding one of a kind work of art during his tenure at the original Uxbridge Baptist Church during the 1870’s
The magnitude of this work is so vast; it deserves to be shown in the best museums. The Royal Ontario Museum have classed the work as early Ontario Folk Art and have no idea how it could be displayed to advantage because of its size.
Displaying the scrolls is an enormous project, the area needed is immense…draped from the ceiling they can encircle a banquet hall and more. To stroll along gazing from scene to scene is to stroll through ancient times. Some of my favourites are the night scene of Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Egypt, Samaria, and the Acropolis in Athens. Pictures in books, writing, and his imagination inspired all of these paintings. Travel was not as it is today, and there is no mention in his journals that he ever traveled abroad, therefore he never saw any of these places first hand.
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This special exhibit is included with regular admission.