Coke Smythe. Sketches in the Canadas.London, 1840.

Coke Smythe. Sketches in the Canadas. London, 1840.

John Richard Coke Smyth (1808-82) was engaged as drawing master to the household of John George Lambton (1792-1840), 1st Earl of Durham. It was in this capacity in April 1838 that Smyth accompanied Durham, newly appointed Governor to the Canadas, to Quebec. The appointment necessitated extensive travel in Lower and Upper Canada, thereby providing ample opportunity for Smyth to sketch the Canadian scene at the time of the Mackenzie-Papineau Rebellions against the British. These drawings provided the basis for the 23 lithographic views dedicated to the Earl of Durham in Sketches in the Canadas.