M7978 | L'Eglise de Notre Dame de Montréal
L'Eglise de Notre Dame de Montréal
1847, 19th century
Ink on paper - Lithography
54.2 x 43.1 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Architecture (8646) , Print (10661) , religious (1331)
Keys to History
The power of the Roman Catholic Church increased in the 1830s. The growing strength of religious orders, seen here entering the church with their students, and the size of the new parish church, reputedly the largest on the continent, gave the Church great influence over the urban population. Most of the Catholic clergy in Montreal would support British authority against the patriotes.
Source : The Aftermath of the Rebellions [Web tour], by Brian J. Young, McGill University (see Links)
This large plate, measuring 18 inches by 20 inches, was noted for its accurate depiction of the church with its impressive towers.
The plate was drawn on Place d'Armes, Montreal's biggest square, which had the church and seminary on one side and the Bank of Montreal on the other.
The artist chose to illustrate the church at 8:00 in the morning. This enabled him to show Notre Dame Church, the largest building at the time, just before the early mass.
In front of the Notre Dame Church, we see school children lined up in their uniforms ready to enter the church with their teachers for early mass.