Joseph Légaré

The Battle of Sainte-Foy

c. 1854
In the latter half of the 19th century a historical consciousness emerged in Quebec that fuelled the careers of several researchers and thinkers. Légaré drew inspiration for this painting from an account of the battle by his friend, historian François-Xavier Garneau. It was executed as the 100th anniversary of the battle approached and the Monument des Braves was being planned. The picture reproduces the topography of the site where the event took place quite accurately, but the battle scene is imaginary.
Title
The Battle of Sainte-Foy
Date
c. 1854
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
49.5 x 74.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1975
Accession number
18489