Cornelius Krieghoff (Canadian, 1815-1872)
oil on canvas
Gift of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation
Merrymaking was painted by Cornelius Krieghoff in 1860 and is one of the most popular spots for the residents because of the White Horse Inn.
I like it because it looks kind of like a Christmas card.
If you look really carefully, you can see there is a lot going on: sleigh rides, people arguing, people having a good time.
At the front of the painting, there’s a young man putting on his snowshoes next to a dog. That’s my friend, Jacques. He saved my life once, by rescuing me from the dastardly Charlie and Argyle, who are standing in the corner on the far right.
They look mean, don’t they? Well they are mean.
Before I ever stepped into the painting I used to hang around outside the frame and peek inside. I loved the sound of the fiddle music, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
But Max and my father were right when they said I shouldn’t step inside, and I’ve never been back since.