M970.67.22 | NORTH EAST VIEW, NOTRE DAME STREET, MONTREAL.
NORTH EAST VIEW, NOTRE DAME STREET, MONTREAL.
1843-1844, 19th century
Ink and watercolour on paper - Etching
23 x 26 cm
Gift of Mr. R. W. Humphrey
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cityscape (3948) , Print (10661) , streetscape (1737)
Keys to History
The rebellions of 1837-1838 were centred in the Montreal area. This print shows the strong British presence in the centre of Montreal. The patriotes always chafed at the towering monument of Horatio Nelson that stood opposite the courthouse, the jail and the military guardhouse manned by the 71st Highland Light Infantry. McGill students in the foreground and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the back left reinforce the impression of British institutions.
Source : The Aftermath of the Rebellions [Web tour], by Brian J. Young, McGill University (see Links)
Originally engraved on copperplate, this print with its familiar scene would have been popular not only in Montreal but in books sold around the Empire.
Notre Dame Street was the core of urban activity in Montreal with the courts, markets, churches and barracks nearby.
The Nelson's Monument, located near the corner of Notre Dame Street and Place Jacques Cartier, still dominates the area today. Standing now in front of Montreal's City Hall, you can envision the scene a century and half ago.
The 1840s were a period of transition in Montreal and the presence of students, soldiers and young children reinforces the impression of a changing society.