Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra Oil PaintingMaritime Museum of BC

This oil painting is of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. it was painted in 1940 by Julio Garcia Condoy, and was added to the Museum’s collection in 1958. Bodega y Quadra is probably best known for his encounters with Captain George Vancouver in 1792, when the two men renamed Vancouver Island Quadra’s and Vancouver’s Island after the two explorers. Later, that was shortened just to Vancouver Island. But Quadra’s name is still found around the region in the naming of Quadra Island, which was named in 1905. It is the territory of the We-Wai-Kai Nation.

This painting was presented to the Defense Minister of the RCN by the Spanish Ambassador to Canada on behalf of the Spanish Minister of the Marine as a gift on behalf of the Spanish Naval Museum.