Charles Frederick Gibson (1808-1868) began his military career in 1825 with a commission as Ensign in the 66th Berkshire Regiment of Foot. In 1827, he sailed to North America and, for the next six years, was variously stationed in Upper and Lower Canada (today Ontario and Quebec). After serving in Ireland, Gibraltar and Malta, he returned to Canada in 1841 with his new bride, Barbara Fraser, to assume employment as Assistant Military Secretary in Halifax, where he was promoted to Captain. In 1845, Gibson departed for England, thus ending his stint in British North America. Gibson produced numerous drawings and paintings while based in the UK, Mediterranean and Canada, including Kingston between 1831 and 1833. His artistic activity, however, is lesser known than that of other military colleagues, such as James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847) and Edward Charles Frome (1802-1890), both of whom were also roaming the streets of the garrison town at the same time. Carefully rendered in pencil, ink and watercolour, his scenes offer a fresh perspective on Kingston’s changing townscape and military presence.