M930.50.8.79 | Interior of workshop

Interior of workshop
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
19.9 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Occupation (1110) , Print (10661) , work (389)
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This is the interior of an unidentified factory from the second half of the 19th century, as depicted by the printmaker John Henry Walker (1831-1899). The work environment shown here is clearly from the age of industrialization. The machine tools, which are undoubtedly steam driven, helped the factory workers to perform their tasks.

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. John Henry Walker was born in Ireland in 1831 and came to Canada in 1842, settling first in Toronto. In 1848, he moved to Montreal, where he came to prominence as a graphic artist. Over a period of some 40 years, he made a large and diversified body of prints. In addition to political cartoons, a genre at which he excelled, he continued throughout his life to produce prints for commercial catalogues, advertisements and government reports.