M9126.96.36.1994 | Band-saw machine
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
20.5 x 15.8 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Miscellaneous (671) , Print (10661)
Keys to History
Machine tools, which were often steam-driven, helped workers to perform their tasks. The exact function of the machine tool illustrated here by the engraver John Henry Walker (1831-1899) is unknown. It could be a band saw or some other kind of steam-driven machine.
A company may have used this illustration for advertising purposes. This print belongs to a group made by John Henry Walker and scattered now throughout a dozen albums that are in the McCord's collection. These albums, which essentially comprise illustrations by Walker (including several caricatures), also contain an assortment of press clippings and other documents. Together, the albums inform us about the different phases in the career of this printmaker, who illustrated numerous sales catalogues, books, government reports, advertisements and magazines like The Canadian Illustrated News, L'Opinion Publique and Le Monde Illustré.