VIEW-2787 | Maisonneuve Monument, Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1896

 
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Maisonneuve Monument, Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC, about 1896
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1896, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
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VIEW-2787
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This monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve and founder of Montreal, was unveiled on July 1, 1895, as part of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Montreal in 1892. In 1896, the imposing monument in the centre of Place d'Armes attracted many curious onlookers.

This sculpture was part of a trend throughout the West. In addition to collecting relics of the past and building museums, citizens created many plaques and monuments in memory of the heroes of the past. During the 1890s, a series of commemorative plaques was produced for the first time in Montreal, at the instigation of the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society, which took an active role in the project to build the Maisonneuve Monument. For its part, the Société historique de Montréal in 1892-93 had an obelisk erected in memory of the founders of Montreal. The Francophones and Anglophones of Montreal found common ground in the commemoration of the personalities of New France, with each cultural group highlighting its own heroes.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)