M310 | Burning of Hayes House, Dalhousie Square, Montreal.
Burning of Hayes House, Dalhousie Square, Montreal.
James Duncan (1806-1881)
1852, 19th century
Oil on wood
30.8 x 41.2 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Painting (2229) , painting (2227)
On July 7, 1852, a fire broke out on the east side of St. Lawrence Street in Montreal, and when the flames subsided two days later 10,000 people were homeless. This painting by James Duncan depicts the burning of the Hayes House on Dalhousie Square. Duncan emigrated to Canada in about 1825, and by 1831 John Samuel McCord, the father of the Museum's founder, was commissioning him to paint views of the Montreal region. The McCord collection contains numerous examples of Duncan's work. These paintings are an invaluable resource as they depict Montreal between the years 1831 and 1878, when it was expanding rapidly.