Montreal Cotton Co. :: La coton

This is how we named this company when I was young… “la coton” or the Montreal Cotton which transformed raw cotton into textile. This company came to Valleyfield in 1875 because of its hydroelectric power and Valleyfield was one of the first cities to receive electricity in the province of Quebec. It had 3000 employees and they also had a dairy and animal farm which they named “MoCo” (abbreviated for MOntreal COtton). On October 1st, 1900 employees went on strike in order to get better wages. If this story interests you, click on this LINK.

La “coton” ou la Montreal Cotton était une compagnie de textile qui s’implanta en 1875 à Valleyfield à cause de son pouvoir hydro-électrique. Il y avait 3000 employés. Le 1er octobre 1900 ils sont allés en grève pour avoir de meilleurs salaires. Si ce sujet vous intéresse voir ce LIEN.

Watercolours: Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith
Couleurs: Cobalt Blue, Burnt Orange, Alizarin Crimson
Pen: Pilot FlexiGrip
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey


2 thoughts on “Montreal Cotton Co. :: La coton

  1. Thank you Paul :: so this is an added bonus. You are based in England and are part of the Kalkan Group? Lucky man! I know why this one hit the spot… you have many factories that look like this in your neck of the woods too. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. And you are right, and I had not even realized it… so it is very helpful when people comment, as they make you “see” your painting in a different light ;-)


  2. Paul here from the Kalkan Art Group (but presently based in England). I like all your work, but I particularly like this one. The terracotta colour of the factory, and stark imposition of the chimney against the gentle washes of the sky and foreground, really hit the target. Great stuff!


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