Date: Saturday, June 28, 1930
Size: 11 x 17 inches (image); 18 x 24 inches (matted)
Artist: Latour, Georges
This original print is from a vintage edition of La Presse, a Canadian newspaper. It was founded in 1884, as it recently went digital, this piece is really quite the find! It was drawn by Georges Latour (1877–1946), a Quebec-born artist and illustrator at La Presse from 1910 until his death in 1946. His realist style reflects the traditional training he received at collège des Frères des écoles chrétiennes, a French-language Christian college.
The image's caption translates as follows: "The Vauquelin monument - by Eugene Benet - Inaugurated June 22, 1930, in Montreal, City Hall Square, this monument was raised in memory of Jean Vauquelin, the heroic French marine who took part of the defense of Louisbourg and, after the battle of Saint Foy in 1760, was joined by the British fleet right outside of Quebec, at Pointe-aux-Trembles. Following terrible naval combat, Vauquelin was taken by the English after he refused to lower his flag which he had nailed to the mast of his marine vessel. -- The statue's inauguration took place in the presence of the mayor of Montreal Mr. Camillien Houde; the honorable Fernand Rinfret, secretary of the state; Mr. Edouard Carteron, consulate general of France in Canada and official representative of the French Republic, amongst other notable people. -- The artist, one of Vauquelin's compatriots, wanted to represent the illustrious French marine at the moment the English boarded his marine vessel."
Recently professionally matted in a textured beige-colored matting, this print would look wonderful in any living room, kitchen, or even children's room!