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James Pattison Cockburn (1778-1847)

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James Pattison Cockburn (1778-1847)

James Pattison Cockburn was born in England in 1778 or 1779. An amateur painter but equally a respected topographer, he made his career in the army. His status as an officer of Royal Artillery brought him to live in Canada on two occasions between 1822 and 1832. He painted many watercolors of the cities of Quebec and Montreal whenever he'd make his inspection rounds.

His watercolors in particular represent the everyday life of the inhabitants of the two cities, not to mention precious archive documents reflecting the architecture of the period. Moreover, Cockburn published at the beginning of the 1830's a book of his travels with many engravings entitled "Quebec and its Environs".

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