Friday, February 19, 2016

Remembering the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Devon House to see the exhibit, Remembering the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, an embroidered history of the French in Atlantic Canada. This set of embroidery was stitched in Conche, Newfoundland, under the sponsorship of the French Shore Historical Society. Since 2006, the French Shore Historical Society has supported the idea of representing history in the tradition of the 11th c. Bayeux Tapestry in France.

This exhibit features 8 embroidered panels done in bold colours and a classic design that presents the events surrounding the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. This particular event had a profound effect on the future of Canada.

I had permission to photograph this exhibit at Devon House and present it here on my blog.

The embroidery design of these panels was created by Cynthia Colosimo Robbins and embroidered by: Ruby Brenton, Anne Byrne, Lucy Byrne, Dorothy Loughery, Joan Simmonds, Daphne Symmonds and Doris Randell.

The French Shore Historical Society is also interested in exhibiting around Newfoundland and the rest of Canada. If groups are interested in having this exhibit, please contact The French Shore Historical Society, P.O. Box 29, Conche, NL A0K 1Y0, CANADA or via email:

Please enjoy the exhibit (each piece was accompanied by a written account of its historical significance which I did not include here).

Revival of French Culture in Atlantic Canada

The Acadian Deportation and the Destruction of Louisbourg
The French in Labrador

The Treaty of Utrecht 1713

D'Iberville's Avalon Peninsula Campaign

close-up of above embroidery
Plaisance, France's Colony in Newfoundland

Newfoundland Cod Fishery


  1. These are all amazingly incredible. The attention to stitching detail must have taken a huge amount of time and dedication. So glad you were able to get permission to share them with us.

    1. Yes, they are magnificent! Glad I could see them up close.

  2. Wow!What an exhibition this is!I can't stop admiring people who can stitch so much so well!AriadnefromGreece!

  3. The embroidery is amazing! What a great way to provide a pictoral of the history! Thank you!

  4. Fascinating and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.