Robert R. Whale

View of Hamilton

1853
When the British-born artist Robert R. Whale immigrated to Canada in 1852, already in his forties, he settled near Brantford, and he would remain there for the rest of his life. The compositional devices employed in this View of Hamilton, unquestionably his masterpiece, are reminiscent of Claude Lorrain: a few skilfully placed trees in the foreground frame a vista that includes a small town in the distance, while the sense of vast space is accentuated by the tiny scale of the human figures. Evidently an excellent observer, the painter has rendered the trees and rocks most convincingly, adding to the picture's appeal.
Title
View of Hamilton
Date
1853
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
90.6 x 120.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1949
Accession number
4950