Todd is one of the most captivating painters of the mid-19th century. Nothing is known about his training or accomplishments before his arrival in the New World. From 1833 to 1853 he lived and painted in Quebec City, where he executed portraits, genre scenes and landscapes. This outstanding picture illustrates the artist's distinctive chromatic palette and the remarkably smooth finish he was able to achieve. It is the only work from his later Toronto period to have survived.