M930.50.8.343 | John Mathewson & Son, steam valve soap, candle & oil works

John Mathewson & Son, steam valve soap, candle & oil works
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
10.4 x 17.1 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , industrial (826) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

This print shows the industrial buildings of the John Mathewson & Son Steam Soap Candle & Oil Works as they were in the second half of the 19th century. According to Lovell's Montreal Directory, this business was located at the corner of College and Inspector streets in 1870. As its name suggests this industry must have operated on steam power.

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 likeThe Canadian Illustrated News, L'Opinion Publique and Le Monde Illustré.