Calgary's infatuation with a dreary national portrait gallery is doomed to failure
The diminutive watercolour, an 1819 portrait of a female member of a now-extinct Newfoundland tribe, is considered the crown jewel of Canada's National Portrait Gallery collection.
If it can't attract visitors to the National Portrait Gallery--if and when the museum finds a home--nothing can.
Demasduit, also known as Mary March (ca. 1796-1820), 1819
Lady Henrietta Martha Hamilton (British, ca. 1780-1857)
Watercolour on ivory, 7.5 x 6.5 cm