Art Gallery of Ontario
"Sleigh Scene, Winter, Quebec" by Cornelius Krieghoff (1867) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Before the development of the railway or automobiles, horse-drawn sleighs like this were invaluable among Canadian settlers. They were used in winter and had the advantage of being able to move over both land and ice, such that waterways that had frozen over in the winter months were still accessible and usable.
"Gossip" by George Agnew Reid (1888) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - While industrialization was taking much of the Western world by storm in the 19th century, smaller cottage industries still persisted in some areas. For those individuals who engaged in smaller-scale businesses, work was as much a social activity as an economic one. In this painting, two women pause in their spinning to have a chat.