II-75575.1 | Master Adrien-Odilon Hébèrt in his father's studio, Montreal, QC, 1884
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)
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 .
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.
The photograph was taken in the studio at 34 Labelle Street, where Louis-Philippe Hébert worked between 1884 and 1888.
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.
The young boy on the picture is Adrien-Odilon Hébert (1882-1887), the artist's oldest son.