Born in Alternun, England in 1805. Died in Brantford, Ontario in 1887. Robert Whale RCA, who was born in Cornwall, demonstrated a natural talent for portraiture while still a very young man. He was sent to London to study at the National Gallery. At the time, he was influenced by the work of Joshua Reynolds. Whale emigrated to Canada in 1852. He was one of the founding members of the Ontario Society of Artists, in 1872. His body of work includes many landscapes painted in Ontario locations like Niagara Falls, Dundas and Hamilton.

View of Hamilton - 1862, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
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