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Anonymous, The Port of Halifax, c. 1835 and William Raphael, Behind Bonsecours Market, c. 1866

In these two paintings, light is an essential element to the pictorial composition. In The Port of Halifax, yellow, orange and red illuminate the whole painting. Similarly, Raphael's work is brightened by shades of yellow and blue light.In both paintings, the artists create an excellent balance between the effects of shadow and light.

In Behind Bonsecours Market, the opening of light is concentrated in the background with the sky and river, as well as in the middle-distance with the lighting of the group and outline of the building.

In The Port of Halifax, light emerges in the background from a sunset over the city and spreads across the ocean in the middle-distance.