An indeftigable traveller, the artist, illustrator and printmaker Edward Roper spent extended periods of his life in both Canada and Australia, with periodic returns to England and a visit to New Zealand in 1873. Various exhibitions and publications from these journeys saw him elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1889.
This work is a view of Mount Assiniboine, in the Candian Rockies. The peak, known as 'the Candian Matterhorn', was described by the first man to climb it, James Outram, in the following terms: 'Its massive pyramid forms a conspicuous landmark from almost every considerable eminence for scores of miles around, towering fully 1500 feet above its neighbours, and by its isolation no less than by its splendid outline commanding attention and admiration'1. Roper's view is probably from the east, with the body of water in the foreground being Marvel Lake.
1. James Outram, In the Heart of the Canadian Rockies, The MacMillan Co., New York, 1905, p. 38