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Map, Canada, Ontario, Kingston, Pictorial, Vintage Print, 1948 (Sold)

Arthur Knox Kembar (b. 1901) (editor)
Winifred Mackenzie Lampman (1889-2000) (after)
Historical Map of Kingston
The Grove, Lakefield, Ontario: 1948
Color-process print
21.75 x 30.25 inches, overall
19.5 x 28 inches, image and border

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Historical pictorial map of Kingston, Ontario, and nearby Fort Henry, as they appeared during the colonial era, when Kingston was a small village at the confluence of the Cataraqui River and Lake Ontario, surrounded by wilderness. An inscription on the map alludes to the site’s settlement over time by Native Canadians, French settlers and British settlers: “Known Successively As Kataracoui, Fort Frontenac, Cataraqui, Kingstown, Kingston.” The map also notes Kingston’s important place in Canadian history. Fort Frontenac, built by the French, was the first fort on the Great Lakes in 1673; the first Executive Council of Upper Canada met there in 1792; and Kingston was the first capital of a united Canada following passage of the Act of Union in 1840.

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The cartography is simple and decorated with Native Canadians, settlers and soldiers going about their daily activities, and clipper ships in the water. Dashed lines show “Farm Lots Granted United Empire Loyalists 1784.” Historic sites of interest are illustrated and labeled, with inset views of Fort Frontenac and Fort Henry and a portrait of the Comte de Frontenac. Another example of this map is in the collection of the University of British Columbia.

Arthur Knox Kembar was a Canadian historian and author of The Six Years of 6 Canadian Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, September, 1939 – September, 1945. He was born in Simcoe County, Ontario.

Winifred Mackenzie Lampman was a native of Kingston, Ontario, and taught art at The Grove, a preparatory school, from the late 1930s to the 1960s. She lived to the age of 111 and was honored posthumously for her service to the school in 2006.

Credits: “Of the innumerable sources of material for this map, particular acknowledgement is made to Edwin E. Horsey for his notes and maps, to Dr. C.W. Jefferys for certain detail from ‘Picture Gallery of Canadian History,’ to George A. Cuthbertson for ship detail from ‘Freshwater,’ to C.H.J. Snider for the ‘HMS St. Lawrence,’ Compiled by Arthur K. Kembar, Drawn by Winifred Mackenzie. Copyright, Canada, 1948, Arthur K. Kembar, The Grove, Lakefield, Ontario.”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Short tear to lower left margin, not extending into image.


“Honorary Alumni/ae: The Grove Society Recognizes Exemplary Service.” Grove News. Fall/Winter 2006. p. 27. Online at (9 June 2010).

Javorski, Mary. rev. Christopher Beall. Franco-Canadian Trust Company, An inventory of maps and Plans in the Special Collections Division, University of British Columbia Library. Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia, 1998. (9 June 2010).

Marshall, Steve. “Ontario Birth Registrations.” 2004. (9 June 2010).

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20th Century