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The most famous painter in Victoria’s history is Emily Carr. She was born

in 1871 and, as a child, she discovered that walking in the woods appealed

more to her than playing with other children. She discovered that she was

more interested in roaming the streets of old Victoria than playing at home

with dolls. Emily was a plump little girl who spent much of her childhood in

Hill Park, which was very close to her family home. Drawing fascinated her,

and she also liked to play with the animals she kept as pets. She had ducks

and chickens, and even domesticated a crow. She was particularly interested

in the Chinese people she saw in Victoria’s Chinatown.

Their culture and way of dressing seemed so distinct from her own.

At the age of sixteen she began to study drawing seriously. As she became a

young, strong and independent woman Emily began to go on longer and

longer trips into the uncharted forests to paint and draw what she saw. In the

summer of 1895 she went on an expedition with two other women to explore

the wilderness along the Cowichan River.

Some time later she travelled up the coast by boat to visit and draw the

native villages along the way. This required great daring and strength.

When you look at her paintings, you can sense the atmosphere of these

dark, mysterious forests. Her paintings are now very famous and, although

the dark colours may not be attractive to some people, they evoke the beauty

and mystery of the deep woods and the skill of a great artist. The word uncharted in line 13 could best be replaced by


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Victoria’s history

Emily Carr’s love for the wild life

Victoria’s Chinatown

Wild life of Victorian painters

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Chinese culture seemed to be unfamiliar to Victorian period.

toys and animals were the main topics for Emily to paint.

the Chinese were very interested in Emily’s art.

Emily Carr was particularly attracted to Chinese culture.

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In Victoria’s period the English art developed and flourished.

Nature was the main subject to be painted in Victoria’s period.

Emily Carr was the only painter in Victoria’s history.

Emily Carr was an outstanding painter in Victoria’s history.

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If you ever go to Cornwall, you (6) try something especially Cornish – the pasty. It is rather long in shape and there’s a reason for this. It (7) be eaten by Cornish tin-miners for lunch and had to fit their pockets. Nowadays most Cornish pasties (8) in large bakeries and are certainly not as good as the old-fashioned home-made pasty.

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It was George Walker and Col Landmann who planned and built the first railway line into London. railway, nearly four miles long, was to be placed on a brick bridge (19) of 878 arches. This



way to build a railway had several advantages. It would get round the problem created by

the (21) roads and lanes that intersected the route and would require less land.

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townships of huts sprang up to house the railway workers.