Friday, October 23, 2020


Portrait Of James Wolfe at Quebec is by J.C.S. Schaak, done around 1766, portraying the British general whose forces won at the decisive Battle Of The Plains Of Abraham, but who lost his life at that place during the French and Indian War.

His French counterpart also died of his wounds at that battle. This is Portrait Of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, by an unknown artist, dating to the early 1800s.

Here we have two views from Quebec City at that time, by the same artist, Dominic Serres, done in 1760. A View Of The Treasury And Jesuits College, Quebec City is at top, and A View Of The Church Of Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire is below.

More art of the period: four portraits of First Nations chiefs who traveled to Britain to meet with Queen Anne. Artist John Verelst painted them.

New France fell, and power in North America came to Britain (whilst setting the stage for a dust-up south of the border with those colonials of the Thirteen Colonies just a few years later). How to manage a place with various First Nations tribes, a lot of French Canadiens, and new challenges? Pragmatism and compromise.

Here we have two portraits: Gabriel-Elzear Teachereau had fought against the British but ended up making a success of himself in the British administration. At right is Sir Guy Carleton, who governed here from 1766-1778.

A panel and portrait here is where I'll leave off for today, featuring Frances Brooke, a writer of the period.


  1. Beautiful portraits of history makers. Happy weekend.

  2. Beautiful portraits of the First Nation chiefs, they were impressive subjects ✨

  3. The paintgs of Quebec City and the four portraits of First Nations chiefs are my favorites today.

  4. A little more compromise and pragmatism, and rather less confrontation and violence might be better for eveyone.

  5. The dark backgrounds sure give them a certain touch of power.

  6. Reminds me of my days living in Québec when I used to walk regularly on the Plains of Abraham (Les Champs de Bataille).

  7. ...history is filled with adversaries!

  8. all these guys loved a fight...ask questions later.

  9. Yay for Frances! Good to see a woman there.

  10. @Nancy: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Grace: definitely.

    @Jan: they all stand out.

    @John: that's quite true.

    @Iris: I agree.

    @David: I've been to the Plains a couple of times.

    @Tom: that's true.

    @RedPat: I think so.

    @Red: definitely.

    @Marie: it is.

  11. It's interesting to look at portraits from the past. How different things looks back then.

  12. Beautiful portraits of the past.

  13. James Wolfe is looking pretty proud of himself in that first painting.

  14. Hello,

    The painting are beautiful. Great exhibit. Take care, wishing you a great day and a happy weekend!

  15. Those paintings are great works of art.

  16. Still think Canada would have made a lovely addition to the Lower 48. :-)

  17. Ticonderoga! All of this reminds me of small kid times in Pennsylvania learning all this history of the region and our two nations, William

  18. @DJan: thank you!

    @Bill: that they are.

    @Sharon: he is, yes.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Revrunner: hah! I don't, particularly with that lunatic in the Oval Office at the moment. :)

    @Cloudia: thanks!

  19. I wonder what they were thinking while posing for their portraits.

  20. The portraits are amazing works of art with perfect use of light.

  21. Intriguing portraits ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    p.s. Had death in family so am way behind in returning comments.

  22. The portraits are quite impressive. It's interesting, trying to determine what they were trying to convey with the poses.