Cockburn was a military officer who was stationed in Canada during the 1820's. During his second posting to Canada, he was afforded the opportunity to paint various landscapes between 1826-1832. His illustrations document land and architecture that has since undergone two centuries of change. They also reflect the influence of Dutch and Italian historical art that he was exposed to when previously stationed in Europe.
Upon returning to England, Cockburn selected 6 drawings of Quebec City to published as hand coloured engravings in 1834. They are considered to be some of the finest known illustrations of Lower Canada. Four of the six images are offered here. Three are from the first striking with vivid plate detail and hand coloring. They have just returned fully restored from a paper conservator as loose sheets.
A fourth print of Montmorency Falls is a second striking from circa 1857. It has been left unrestored to show as found condition, although it can be restored like the others.