MP-1995.28.3 | Mrs. Girdwood at Fort Senneville, QC, 1866

Mrs. Girdwood at Fort Senneville, QC, 1866
Dr. G. P. Girdwood
1866, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process ?
20 x 25 cm
Gift of Mrs. Jacqueline Hackney
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Military (334) , Photograph (77678)
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Victorian tastes were perfectly adapted to the romanticism of ancient ruins, perhaps in reaction to, once again, the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Montrealers had no ruins dating back to Antiquity or the Middle Ages, but used those of New France, in their rustic settings, for their musings. In 1865, J. C. Abbott, an influential lawyer and politician, bought land and woods in Senneville and landscaped an area where there were ruins of two mills and an old fort, the latter photographed here in 1866.