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The Cone of Montmorency, as It Appeared in 1829

The Cone of Montmorency, as It Appeared in 1829,
Cockburn, James Pattison
etching and aquatint hand-coloured with watercolour and gum arabic on ivory wove paper
55.4 x 73.4 cm; plate: 51.8 x 70.7 cm


This picturesque winter view of the Montmorency Falls depicts a gathering of early Quebecers at the base of the sugar mountain. The snow-draped cone, which was formed by the Falls, attracted many visitors from Quebec and neighbouring areas. Both military personnel and the civilian population made it their goal to visit the site during their winter outings. Many used the occasion to slide down the slopes. Peter Patterson owned the buildings at the top of the hill and the two sawmills to the left.