M16634 | The St. Lawrence, at Montreal

The St. Lawrence, at Montreal
William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854)
1841, 19th century
Ink and watercolour on paper - Etching
21.5 x 27.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Francis McLennan
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , Print (10661) , view (1387)
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This print by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) is found in Canadian Scenery Illustrated, a book published in 1842 by the American writer and poet Nathaniel Parker Willis. The author extols the virtues of the place depicted in the illustration:

"The site of this town does not present those bold and grand features which distinguish the Canadian metropolis, though its beauty can scarcely be surpassed. The river, in this finest part of its course, divides itself into two channels, inclosing an island thirty-two miles long and ten and a half broad, which forms one of the most favoured spots on earth. "

Nathaniel Parker Willis, Canadian Scenery Illustrated (London: Virtue & Co., 1842).