Montreal before photography, 1760 – 1840
Lecture presented online on May 14, 2021
Before the advent of photography, painting functioned as the representation of reality. The Museum’s Documentary Art collection serves to visually chronicle the history of Montreal’s urban development before 1840, the year that saw photography introduced here. Created as of 1760, as Montreal entered a new phase following the British conquest, this group of drawings, paintings and prints offers unique views of the rapid expansion of the colony’s new metropolis.
- Christian Vachon, Head, Collections Management and Curator, Documentary Art, McCord Museum