Robert Reginald Whale, View of Hamilton

At the age of 47, English artist Robert Whale emigrated to Canada and settled in the small town of Burford, Ontario, near Hamilton. Whale painted a number of distant city-views of Hamilton, Dundas and local environs in a manner reminiscent of British painting; Gainsborough, Reynolds and Constable were among his artistic heroes. As such his nature is tamed and idealized, and usually bathed in a soft, gentle light executed in muted tones. His view of Hamilton has the quiet and restrained quality of classical art that one might expect to see in the depiction of the English countryside as opposed to the bustle of an emerging Canadian city.

Robert Reginald Whale

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