What did Isaac Brock look like?

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What did Isaac Brock look like?

Published on October 06 2011


A new display near the Learning Commons' south entrance in the Thistle hallway examines Sir Isaac Brock from a physical standpoint. There are only two surviving pieces of artwork of Isaac Brock created during his lifetime and there is no evidence that he posed for either. Today, no one knows for sure what Brock looked like. One display case examines the multiple looks of Isaac Brock since his death on 13 October 1812. Over time, artists have often created a flattering image when depicting “The Hero of Upper Canada”. The second exhibit case shows a more realistic examination of Isaac Brock. Canadian artist, Christian Corbet, uses forensic data as well as his talents to develop a more ‘true to form’ facial reconstruction of our university’s namesake. The sketches on display formed the basis for a sculpture bust of Sir Isaac that Mr. Corbet is currently working on for the Isle of Guernsey.

This display is available in Thistle Hall from October 3 to 14 and will continue to be on exhibit in the Special Collections and Archives afterwards.

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