photograph

Artwork

Accession Number
989.006a
Description
A framed sepia-toned photograph of Lt. James Dunsmuir (1894-1915) facing the camera directly, the background lightest in colour and without pattern, the subject in military tunic, his thin hair combed back with a side part, his gaze serious, the Victoria, BC photography company “Gibson” embossed at bottom right.  
Narrative
A grandson of Joan Dunsmuir of Craigdarroch, and son of former B.C. Premier and Lieutenant-Governor Hon. James Dunsmuir, James Dunsmuir Jr. resigned his commission as a lieutenant in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion in Victoria on 19 April, 1915 in order to join a regiment that would see action at the front as soon as possible. He sailed for England from New York aboard the RMS Lusitania and was lost at sea when German U-boat 20 torpedoed the steamer off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915. 1,193 passengers lost their lives in the sinking, including other Victorians, resulting in rioting on Victoria streets and the destruction and looting of businesses with German-sounding names.

This image is a duplicate of 983.904a.
History of Use
unknown
Date
circa 1914
Dimensions
19.4 cm x 11.7 cm
Artist/Photographer
Wilfred Gibson/Gibson Studio
Photograph Type
Gelatin silver process
Subject/Image
William James Dunsmuir (1894-1915), also known as James "Boy" Dunsmuir, also known as Lt. James Dunsmuir
Medium
Photographic
Support
Paper, Photographic paper; Cardboard
Inscription
Gibson
Country of Origin
Canada

Related people/businesses/organizations
William James "Boy" Dunsmuir (depicts)
Wilfred Gibson/Gibson Studio (photographer)
Related Publications
"Boy will now be remembered" (Relates to)
"Lusitania sinking sparked racist riots in Victoria" (Relates to)
Related Objects

Photograph, 2005.016.003.108 (is related to)