The sculptor is Siggy Puchta, who was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1953 at the age of 19, and is well known for creating bronzes and carving in stone.
The first gas lamps in Toronto were lit in 1841 to commemorate the birth of King Edward VII.
By 1848 there were 164 gas street lamps in operation.
By 1857 there were 675 gas street lamps and it was a common sight to see the lamplighters bicycling around the city to light the lamps at dusk.
By 1883, electricty was starting to take over the job of lighting the streets. In 1890, the last remaining 34 lamplighters were discharged, and other jobs were found for them.
I've had my Lamplighter for a few years now. He lives on the mantle above the fireplace. I'm very fond of him.