Holding Court

Figure portrait of John A Macdonald, with prisoner's dock and chair. This design shows Macdonald presenting his first court case at the age of 19.

Unveiled at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, January 10, 2015. Permanently installed on Canada Day in Picton, 2015.

John A. Macdonald made his first court appearance at the age of 19 and I was willing to imagine he'd borrowed clothes for the big day! I carved a balletic shape for his jacket. Centre front closures on men's pants had not yet been invented and John's boots would have been comfortable for riding horseback. I worked these details, true to 1834, over an anchoring gesture and John A. sparkled with energy from a very early stage in creation.


Holding Court