Daniel Van Heil and his Mistress, painted by Van Heil, (painting)
Van Heil, Daniel
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 34
This eminent Painter is much esteemed for his landscapes in which he introduced beautiful figures; he had a light touch, a natural colouring and possessed a perfect knowledge of chiaro-oscuro. This picture was imported into this country by Mr. Reiffenstein who was often travelling to Europe on business and whom Mr. Legare had advised to buy good paintings even if he had to purchase a whole collection of value. In that very year he had the good luck of finding a collection in the hands of a noble family in difficult circumstances. All these pictures were from great masters. Some very precious paintings were in that collection, and Mr. Legare had a second time an opportunity of satisfying his taste and bought the greatest part of the paintings which are described hereafter. [Pp. 6-7.]
Catalogue of the Quebec Gallery of Paintings, Engravings, etc., the Property of Jos. Legare, St. Angele Street, corner of St. Helen Street. Quebec: E.R. Frechette, Printer and Stationer, No 13, Mountain Street, Lower-Town, 1852.