II-122901 | Mr. Norman Leslie as "Captain James Leslie of the 15th Regiment of Foot," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898
Mr. Norman Leslie as "Captain James Leslie of the 15th Regiment of Foot," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898
Wm. Notman & Son
1898, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
Keys to History
Norman Leslie was perhaps the only other guest whose heirloom garments could vie for attention with those of Miss Terroux. He was part of the same set as "Captain James Leslie of the 15th Regiment of Foot," dressed in what he described as "exactly the same uniform he wore at the taking of Quebec." His Clothing is also held in the collections of Fort Henry and the Canadian War Museum.
Leslie's rare grenadier's headdress dates from the period he claims, while the other military accessories are from a more recent ancestor in the 19th century. The Henry Morgan and Co. label in the uniform, however, leaves no doubt that it was made in the 1890s. Morgan's advertised made-to-measure costumes for weeks before the ball. Leslie's inspiration for the costume can be found in the McCord collection, in the form of a miniature of James Leslie.
Montreal Star, 19 January 1898.
Bernard Pothier and Roderick Grant, The Leslie Collection, National Museum of Man Mercury Series, Canadian War Museum No. 5 (Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 1975).
Costume and military accoutrements worn by Norman Leslie as Captain James Leslie of the Fifteenth Regiment of Foot, Montreal, 1898 [photograph] [on line]
Leslie's costume is a pastiche of heirloom accessories and garments made especially for the event, albeit to fairly exacting specifications based on a miniature of his character.
Henry Morgan and Co. was located in Colonial House on Philips Square. It advertised that it would make up costumes for men based on illustrations in a well-known costume history book.
The grenadier's headdress indeed dates to 1750-60, though was likely not Leslie's. The other military accessories date to the war of 1812-14.
James Leslie of the 15th Regiment of Foot saw service at Louisbourg, Quebec City and Montreal from 1758 to 1760.