A View of the Falls of MONTMORENCI: the perpendicular height of which is 240 feet from the level of the River
Artist: Peachey, I.
View by I. Peachy, of the Monmorency Falls in Canada. This watercolour is typical of an item from the King’s Topographical Collection in that it depicts a site of historical significance. The collection was brought together by George III as an expression of British patriotism and evidence of the strength and valour of the British people was a popular subject. The Falls are located near Quebec city it is said that they were named in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain after Henri II, duc de Montmorency who served as the viceroy of France from 1620 – 1625. Later in the 18th century, ground near the foot of the falls was used to establish a camp for British forces and it was then used as a base in their campaign to capture French territory in Northern America. It was from here that General Montcalm launched his assault at the Plains of Abraham in 1759.