Lot 564
After Robert Auchmuty Sproule (1799-1845)

SET OF SIX RARE MONTREAL VIEWS, 1830..., six copperplate engravings, each handcoloured with watercolour by William Satchwell Leney (1769-1831) after watercolours by Sproule. Published by Adolphus Bourne, Montreal, 1830., height 11.0" — 27.9cm, width 14.8" — 37.5cm


Est. $6000/8000
Realised: $10200
Auction Date: 06/27/2017


Provenance: The Monck Estate, Montreal

Literature: Pierre B. Landry, “SPROULE, ROBERT AUCHMUTY,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 7, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003

Note: Robert Auchmuty Sproule, watercolourist, miniaturist and drawing master was born in Athlone (Republic of Ireland) in 1799. He came to Lower Canada in 1826 and settled in Montreal. On September 30, 1826, an advertisement appeared in the Montreal Herald, announcing Sproule as a miniaturist who had studied with “the best Masters in London and Dublin.” In November 1829 he gave notice of his intention to bring out six views of Montreal, which did in fact appear the following year. The series marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between Sproule and publisher Bourne that lasted until 1834 and led to the introduction of lithography into the colony. The Montreal and Quebec series of prints are said to be the most handsome series published in Canada demonstrating the maturity achieved in pictorial printmaking in Canada during the first half of the 19th century.


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