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View of the River St. Lawrence, Falls of Montmorenci from the Island of Orleans

View of the River St. Lawrence, Falls of Montmorenci from the Island of Orleans

Artist: Fisher, Lieut.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: K.Top 119

Item number: 44.d

Length: 59.9-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 41

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Monmorency Falls in Canada. The falls are situated at the mouth of the Montmorency River about ten kilometres from Quebec City and the water cascades eighty three meters into the St Lawrence River. The Monmorency Falls are twenty seven meters higher than the more famous Niagrs Falls. The Monmorency River flows for approximately sixty miles in a southerly direction from its source in the Laurentian Mountains to its mouth at the Mountmorency Falls. This print 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 and in the 18th century the ground near the foot of the falls was used to establish a camp for British forces and this was used as a base in their campaign to capture French territory in North America. It was from the Montmorency Falls that General Montcalm launched his assault at the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

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