Jones Falls post-1843
Jones Falls; post-1843
John Burrows, watercolour
(Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1979-12-20)

Although the perspective is a bit wonky in this painting, it does show the flight of three locks, the turning basin and the upper lock. The defensible lockmaster’s house sits above the upper lock as it does today. The blacksmith’s shop and a storage shed are located to the left. To the right of the basin is the wooden guardhouse. On the right are some of the lockstation staff housing.

About this Painting: This painting is part of a series of 23 watercolours showing all the lockstations. There are at least 4 different copies of each painting (done before the days of copiers, each one had to be painted individually). These unsigned watercolours are credited to either John Burrows or to William T. Clegg. Burrows was an Overseer of Works of the Rideau Canal from 1827 to 1848. Clegg was the Paymaster for the Rideau Canal (Clerk of Cheque) from 1827 to 1845. It is speculated that this series of watercolours may have been prepared to document the Rideau Canal for presentation to visiting officials. I think it most likely that John Burrows was the main artist, he was a surveyor and trained in art. But Clegg may have annotated the paintings, and perhaps had a hand in making copies of the originals. The paintings are undated, but features in some of the paintings (such as lockmaster houses) suggest the early 1840s.

Read about the history of this lockstation

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