Antoine Plamondon

The Last of the Hurons (Zacharie Vincent)

1838
This outstanding portrait earned Plamondon a first-class medal in a contest held in 1838 by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. Lord Durham, governor-in-chief of the British North American colonies, bought the painting and took it home to London. It prompted François-Xavier Garneau to write his famous poem about the dangers threatening the Huron people, thought to be on the verge of extinction. Inspired in turn, the model himself executed around ten self-portraits: he evidently had different ideas about the future of his nation.
Title
The Last of the Hurons (Zacharie Vincent)
Date
1838
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
114.7 x 97 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Schaeffer family, Thornhill, Ontario, 2018
Accession number
48622

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