The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by David Freeman:
Robert Auchmuty Sproule was born in Athlone, Ireland in 1799 and later studied at Trinity College Dublin. He emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1820 and remained active until round about 1840 when ill health prevailed. Working in watercolor, he is principally known for his topographical views of Canada and portraits of notable politicians and personages. ie: The Honourable Louis-Joseph Papineau, Speaker of the Lower Canada House of Assembly 1832, <Lithograph> Pierre B. Landry. Conservateur adjoint, Art Canadien, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. et al.
Some of Sproules detailed topographical subjects were published in Hawkins's Picture of Quebec; with Historical Recollections (Hawkins, Alfred) and his Montreal scenes by Adolphus Bourne in 1830 and 1832. Bourne himself worked in conjunction with a number of artists and engravers of the time, including William S. Leney, Charles Crehen and John Murray, alongside Sproule and produced over 50 separately issued prints (etchings, engravings and lithographs) before Confederation.
Robert Sproule also ventured into painting miniatures in ivory at this time.
Sproules' work is held in the collections of the AGO, (Art Gallery of Ontario,) MCCM, (McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal Quebec) Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Collection. NBM, (New Brunswick Museum, St John new Brunswick) ROM (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto) and the TPL (Toronto Public Library, Permanent Collection) He also is represented in many corporate collections such as the Royal Bank Financial Group Corporate Art Collection.
Interestingly, William Davenport and Company used Sproules Montreal Prints as the design basis for underglazed blue transferware for decorative platters and tableware circa 1830.
Sproule died in March of 1845 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Today, you can find many modern reproductions of Sproules works available commercially such are the popularity of the subject matter.