View of the City of Toronto

Edward Taylor Dartnellcirca 1850

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

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The distant, panoramic view of Toronto from the island allows the viewer to take stock of a developing city. The bucolic foreground provides a contrast to the celestial urban vision – Toronto graced, as it were – in the distance. Dartnell was the editor of the British Canadian and Canada West Commercial and General Advertiser, a strongly Conservative paper founded September 1852. One wonders if the painting wasn’t originally destined to hang in the offices of the newspaper.

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  • Title: View of the City of Toronto
  • Date: circa 1850
  • Physical Dimensions: w167.8 x h87.7 cm
  • Provenance: Gift of Dr. Sigmund Samuel
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Painter: Edward Taylor Dartnell
  • Accession Number: 962.178