MP-0000.857.5 | "Rosemount", the residence of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, Montreal, QC, 1869

"Rosemount", the residence of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, Montreal, QC, 1869
Anonyme - Anonymous
1869, 19th century
Ink on paper mounted on card - Leggotype
20 x 23 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Art (2774) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

In 1860 Queen Victoria sent her son, Prince Albert, to visit Canada. Mothers and daughters alike closely monitored his every move. In Montreal he and his entourage stayed at Rosemount, the home of John Rose. For the occasion the house was "tastefully" decorated and refurbished.

Lengthy descriptions of each room appeared in the Montreal Herald. The Victorian love of technology, pattern and diversity is evident in this passage.

"The hall was papered in imitation coloured marble and there were niches containing female figures bearing gas lights. The library, at the left of the entrance[,] was figured in dark green striped with gold. There were green damask curtains, a green Brussels carpet patterned with fleurs-de-lys, rosewood bookcases and a white marble mantle."

[Henry James Morgan,] Tour of HRH the Prince of Wales Through British America and the United States, by a British Canadian (Montreal: John Lovell, 1860), p. 103-6.

Peter Ward, A History of Domestic Space: Privacy and the Canadian Home (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1999).

Donald MacKay, The Square Mile: Merchant Princes of Montreal (Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 1987).

  • What

    Rosemount was a mid-Victorian home that served as the official residence of HRH Prince Albert during his visit to Montreal in 1860.

  • Where

    This house was in the part of Montreal known as the Square Mile. Rosemount was demolished in 1933.

  • When

    Rosemount was built of limestone and brick in 1848. In 1860 the Montreal Herald described it as "perfectly white, the bricks having been painted."

  • Who

    John Rose, a lawyer and politician, built Rosemount in 1848. He lived there with his wife Charlotte and their five children.