II-75575.1 | Master Adrien-Odilon Hébèrt in his father's studio, Montreal, QC, 1884

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Master Adrien-Odilon Hébèrt in his father's studio, Montreal, QC, 1884
Wm. Notman & Son
1884, 19th century
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  child (1308) , informal (1120) , male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Keys to History

Sculptor Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917) spent most of his apprenticeship years with Napoléon Bourassa (1827-1916), starting in 1873 .

In 1882, Hébert set up his own studio as an independent artist, on Berri Street in Montreal. With two employees, Olindo Gratton (1855-1941) and Philippe Laperle (1860-1934), he works on several projects of religious, funeral or commemorative monuments .

In 1884, as his studio was becoming too small, Hébert has a second one built on Labelle Street. Several artists have already settled there, including his cousin, architect Jean-Baptiste Bourgeois (1856-1930), and his friend, François-Xavier-Édouard Meloche (1855-1914), a painter and decorator . The new studio was closer to that of his mentor, Napoléon Bourassa, who helped him secure major contracts - including the sculptures for the front of the Parliament Building in Quebec City .

  • What

    On the photograph, one can see quite clearly the clay model for the bust of the monument to Mgr Joseph-David Déziel (1806-1882), a commission to Louis-Philippe Hébert in 1884 by a citizens' committee from Lévis.

  • Where

    The photograph was taken in the studio at 34 Labelle Street, where Louis-Philippe Hébert worked between 1884 and 1888.

  • When

    In May 1884, Le Monde Illustré wrote that, indeed, Hébert's studio appeared to be too small for the number of orders received. The same year, he had a larger studio built at 34 Labelle Street, in Montreal.

  • Who

    The young boy on the picture is Adrien-Odilon Hébert (1882-1887), the artist's oldest son.