Scarce and interesting pencil drawing with some white highlights, on heavy paper, 15" by 20", of one of Quebec's most famous sights, "The Falls of Montmorency/Near Quebec". The work is signed at lower left "Blandford 1871" and at lower right it reads "Miss Alice Tiffany". This is a folky, somewhat primitive work, from an early date, of a kind that is rarely seen. The frozen falls were an impressive 19th century spectacle in early Canada and were the subject of paintings by the likes of Cornelius Krieghoff. The drawing is filled with considerable detail, which can only be appreciated after one spends time with the work. Note the detailed and lively tree branches; a number of small boats in the distant waters; and some figures at lower right that might be a squaw and her husband and infant, papoose style. The work is very subtle and it is difficult to photograph properly. I should say that I would expect this to go to an eclectic collector of scarce and rare Canadiana. Condition is acceptably good, with overall browning, some rippling, and small creases and edge tears. This all sounds worse than it is. Basically the work needs proper acid-free matting. There is an early, 19th century Victorian style gilt frame that came with this and I am looking for it. .
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