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Brockton Point - 1986, "Grace's Pearls" (thumbnail) Lions Gate Bridge - 1939 (thumbnail) Chinatown 1960, East Pender St. (thumbnail) Abbotsford - 1922 (thumbnail) Capitol Theatre, Granville S. - 1956; Love me Tender (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1962 (thumbnail) Stanley Park Junction (thumbnail) Bon Voyage, Vancouver Harbour - 1938 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) Wigwam Inn, Indian Arm - 1913 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Ten Years of Art (thumbnail) The Sunshine Coast Collection (thumbnail) The Langleys Collection (thumbnail) Canadian Skies Collection (thumbnail) Vancouver Collection (thumbnail) BC Airways at Vancouver Airport - 1928 (thumbnail) Boat and Plane at Pender Harbour (thumbnail) Boat in Boathouse (thumbnail) Cannery Worker's Shack (thumbnail) Egmont Post Office (thumbnail) Final Berth on Fraser (thumbnail) May Queen's Ball, Fort Langley - 1941 (thumbnail) Steveston Collection (thumbnail) Saturday Night at the Langley Hotel (thumbnail) Snug Haven - Finn Slough (thumbnail) Porter's Coffee and Tea House (thumbnail) Molly's Reach (thumbnail) Steveston Quay (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) On the Rocks at the Garden Bay Pub (thumbnail) Starfighter Pilot (thumbnail) First Flight in Western Canada (thumbnail) Brookswood Barn (thumbnail) Halfway Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (thumbnail) Christmas in Milner, Langley - 1915 (thumbnail) White Spot No1, Granville Street - 1958 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas (thumbnail) Vancouver Bus Terminal - 1939 (thumbnail) Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail) Cloverdale - 1913 (thumbnail) Aristocratic Drive-in - 1958 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) White Rock Beach - 1929 (thumbnail) Christmas at Home - 1929 (thumbnail) Open Late, Otter Farmer's Institute, Winter (thumbnail) Otter Co-op (thumbnail) Murrayville Cash Grocery - Christmas Eve (thumbnail) Fort Langley Station (thumbnail) Drive-in Heaven (thumbnail) Danceland on Robson Street on September 7, 1963 with the Ike and Tina Turner Review performing a one night gig. (thumbnail)
Brockton Point - 1986, "Grace's Pearls" (large view)
 
Brockton Point - 1986, "Grace's Pearls"
Limited edition giclee print on canvas of Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver in 1986 showing Lions Gate Bridge at sunset.
Brockton Point - 1986, Grace’s Pearls

Early sailors approaching Vancouver through First Narrows at Prospect Point were aided by a lighthouse built there in 1888. Their next point of navigation was Brockton Point which they would round in a starboard turn to enter Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

Brockton Point was named after Francis Brockton, engineer of the HMS Plumper, who discovered a coal vein in Coal Harbour. As the most easterly extension of Stanley Park, the point provides a useful sheltering protrusion for Coal Harbour but it was also an obstacle of significant menace to vessels under way in low visibility weather. In 1890 a second navigation light (red and white lanterns on a pole) was installed at Brockton Point. Despite the lights several maritime accidents occurred necessitating the installation of two coordinated semaphore stations one at Brockton Point to control outgoing shipping and the other at Prospect Point to control incoming shipping. In 1914 a modest 35 foot lighthouse tower was built at Brockton Point straddling the seawall walkway.

In 1938, Lions Gate bridge rose as a brilliant symbol of Vancouver’s emergence from the preceding nine years of the great depression. Gracefully spanning the harbour entrance at Prospect Point, it made the north shore accessible for expansion and development and at the same time the former semaphore station at Prospect Point was moved to the centre of the bridge just above the main cables.

Although de-staffed in 1956, the Brockton Point lighthouse was preserved as historic site. Today, the point offers stunning views through a three-hundred degree arc, clockwise, from First Narrows and the Lions Gate bridge to Coal Harbour and the city and has always been a popular stop for visitors and tourist in Stanley Park. On February 19, 1986, the year Vancouver hosted EXPO 86, Lions Gate bridge was illuminated by 170 mercury vapour lights, culminating a project spearheaded by Social Credit MLA and Cabinet Minister, Grace McCarthy and funded by the Guiness family, the original developers and owners of the bridge. That summer a visit to Stanley Park to the view of the bridge from Brockton Point at sunset was on everyone’s agenda.

It was this iconic view of Lions Gate Bridge from the point at night that attracted my attention when I painted the scene from warm memories and a with a romantic eye, hoping to create it just as it was in the summer of 1986. I used every photograph that I could find to create the dwindling light and dusk atmospheric’s that would accentuate the stunning view of Lions Gate Bridge against the twinkling backdrop of the north shore lights. The details of the bridge deck correctly depict the original structure prior to the re-decking in recent years. The best part came toward the end of the work when I felt completely free to add cars, motorcycles and people to the painting. With warm respect my final brushstrokes added the words “Grace’s Pearls” to the fuel tank of the motorcycle in the foreground, my personal thank you to the Grace McCarthy, the woman responsible for lighting up our beloved Lions Gate Bridge. Brian Croft
20"H x 32"W   
Price: CA $ 700.00