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Théophile Hamel

Louise-Adèle Taschereau


Théophile Hamel
Sainte-Foy, Quebec, 1817 – Quebec City 1870


Louise-Adèle Taschereau


Between 1849 and 1853


Oil on canvas


96.3 x 74.5 cm


Purchase, the Museum Campaign 1988-1993 Fund in honour of the volunteers who have worked at the Galerie Arte Montréal, inv. 2008.171


Quebec and Canadian Art

Louise-Adèle Taschereau, a member of one of the most illustrious families of jurists in Canadian history, was in her twenties when she died in 1849. In this posthumous portrait, her face is serene and placid, perhaps even prim, considering the somewhat daring decolleté for the period in Canada. The composition recalls certain daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from a pivotal time when painting and photography were competitors.

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