A lot of art has been destroyed or damaged in the last two centuries, but many have remained untouched.
Here are a few examples.
This is the famous Chippewa painting by artist Chippey Ainsworth, who died in 1883.
In 1888, the same artist created a painting of a horse that has been in the collection of the National Museum of Canada for almost 30 years.
It is also one of a few that have survived the destruction of the 1892 fire at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
Other pieces of art that have been left behind include this 1892 painting of an elephant that is now part of the Ottawa Folk Art Museum in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Art Museum also has an 1892 “bobble head” by artist Henry Besser, which has a history of being a favourite of children.
Another famous piece of chipped plaster is the 1882 bronze sculpture of a bull in a cage that is part of a collection that was donated by a British collector to the Ottawa Museum in 1968.
There are also several other famous paintings that have not been damaged.
An 1892 sculpture of an eagle, for instance, was painted by artist William Burroughs in 1892.
And a portrait of King George VI by artist George Wooding, who has been displayed at the National Gallery of Art since the 1960s, is part the Ottawa Botanical Gardens.
But it is not all bad news.
A group of Ottawa residents who were planning to sell some of the pieces to raise money for a new Ottawa theatre recently sold them, as they were needed for a show at the venue.
“It’s amazing to think that the city of Ottawa could have the courage to go out and do that,” said Ottawa-based theatre promoter Michael McNeil.
McNeil, who was a founding member of the theatre company, said the pieces had been sitting in storage for years, and he has no idea when they would be returned to the public.
“I’ve never had any problem in terms of the art being there, the preservation being there.
But the city was reluctant to hand it over to us.
He said he has never seen any artwork that was destroyed in Ottawa before.”
They have the ability to create, and we just haven’t had the money to do it,” he said.
While some pieces are worth more than others, the pieces that are left behind are more valuable, he said, adding that there is an element of pride in seeing the pieces in their original condition.
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