Canada and Newfoundland antique map. ‘The British Colonies in North America,’ with inset of Newfoundland. Published by James S. Virtue c.1869.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 3.85 million square miles, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
VIRTUE, JAMES SPRENT (1829–1892), art publisher, was born at 26 Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, London, on 18 May 1829. On attaining the age of fourteen James Sprent Virtue was apprenticed to his father George Virtue (1793?–1868) who was the founder in London of a publishing business the main feature of which was the production of illustrated works. In 1848 he was sent to the branch establishment in New York. In a business capacity he made many journeys through the United States and Canada, and, returning to England in 1850, was admitted a liveryman of the Stationers’ Company. Returning to America in the same year, he largely extended the connection in the United States, and finally came back to England in 1855, when his father retired from active business. On succeeding to the management he published many important works of art, among them the Royal, 1855, the Turner, 1859–66, and the Landseer galleries, 1871, which appeared first in the ‘Art Journal.’ In 1862, in conjunction with his elder brother, George Henry Virtue, F.S.A., he organised a second business at 1 Amen Corner, under the name of Virtue Brothers & Company; but on the death of his brother, on 21 July 1866, this business was sold. He died at 3 Prince’s Mansions, Victoria Street, London, on 29 March 1892