VIEW-23830 | "Aboriginals attacking fort", painting by and copied for Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté, 1926-1927

 
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"Aboriginals attacking fort", painting by and copied for Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté, 1926-1927
Wm. Notman & Son
1926-1927, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-23830
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Art (2774) , Painting (2229) , painting (2227) , Photograph (77678)
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This painting of imaginary Aboriginal people attacking an imaginary fort by the Quebec artist Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté (1869-1937) is a reminder of the important role First Nations people played in North American warfare. From the earliest days of the French regime, through the Seven Year's War, the American Revolution and up to the War of 1812, they were important allies of both the French and the British in their colonial wars. Suzor-Côté studied in France and was influenced by the impressionists. This painting is, however, very pictorial and dramatic rather than impressionistic.

  • What

    The painting is a rather romanticized image of an attack on a fort by First Nations people.

  • Where

    The fort's location is not indicated, but it is meant to be in eastern North America, probably in Quebec.

  • When

    Though no date is indicated, the style of dress and construction of the fort indicate a time during the French regime, that is, before 1760.

  • Who

    If this is a French fort, the Aboriginal people depicted are likely Iroquois.