PROPERTY OF A LADY (Lots 22-27)
The son of a Royal Irish Artillery officer, Armstrong studied art in Dublin and served his apprenticeship as an engineer on the Irish and English railways before emigrating to Toronto in 1851. He was partner in the firm of Armstrong, Beer & Hime Civil Engineers, Draughtsmen and Photographers. He travelled to Lake Superior in 1859 and from then on took advantage of surveying work to travel and sketch extensively in lands then unsettled by Europeans. He took particular interest in the native populations of the northern plains, such as the Assiniboin and Sioux, glimpsed in the years immediately prior to their confinement to reservations.