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John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1860, 19th century
Watercolour and graphite on paper
22.6 x 32.9 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Genre (188) , Painting (2229) , painting (2227)
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In this painting, the artist John Henry Walker (1831-1899) immortalized a scene that took place out the window of his downtown Montreal studio on a winter day in the middle of the 19th century. When he painted the canvas, sometime between 1850 and 1860, his printmaking studios took up several buildings. According to a directory of the period, Lovell's Montreal Directory, his business occupied numbers 22, 38, 36 and 70 on rue Saint-Jacques.

Throughout his life, John Henry Walker illustrated numerous sales catalogues, books, government reports, advertisements and magazines like The Canadian Illustrated News, L'Opinion Publique and Le Monde Illustré.