M992.139.2 | Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain
About 1930, 20th century
56 x 45 cm
Gift of Dr. Huguette Rémy
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Bust (2)
Keys to History
Known as "the father of New France", Samuel de Champlain (about 1570-1635) was a French sailor and cartographer. In 1608 he laid the foundations of Quebec City, on the site of the Iroquois village called Stadacona. Seeking for a sea passage to the East, he explored North America.
The plaster bust is the work of Alfred Laliberté (1878-1953), a famous French-Canadian artist, sculptor and painter, who also published his memoirs.
Trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Alfred Laliberté executed over 900 art objects: works in bronze or marble and wooden statues, in addition to painting over 500 canvases.
This plaster bust, executed in the 1930s, was the model for a bronze cast in 2003 which was later installed in the Assemblée nationale du Québec.
Alfred Laliberté took his inspiration for this bust from a 19th-century print, as no authentic portrait of Champlain exists.