1988-261-b | Evangeline

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8.7 x 13.8 cm
Gift of Rose-Marie Babineau
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

The most famous statue of Evangeline is without question that of Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917). This Quebec artist, who was born in Ste. Sophie d'Halifax, near Quebec City, was of Acadian ancestry. He got his introduction to sculpture in Bécancour and studied in Paris between 1888 and 1894.

To express his attachment to the land of his ancestors, Louis-Philippe Hébert designed the statue of Evangeline and produced a model of it shortly before his death. The inscriptions at the base of the model read "Acadie" and "Pleurant le pays perdu" [Weeping for the lost land].

In 1920 his son Henri Hébert (1884-1950), a renowned sculptor in his own right, was commissioned by the Dominion Atlantic Railway to produce a bronze statue from the model.

The statue was reproduced in miniature on many occasions.

  • What

    This statue created by Louis-Philippe Hébert soon became a symbol of the Acadian people.

  • Where

    The statue stood on land belonging to the Dominion Atlantic Railway. The location was designated an historic site, in memory of the Acadians who were deported.

  • When

    The statue was unveiled on July 29, 1920. The photograph reproduced on the postcard was taken around 1921.

  • Who

    The postcard was published by H. E. Blakeney of Wolfville, NS, for the Novelty Manufacturing & Art Co. Ltd. of Montreal.