Justice Jean-Thomas Taschereau, c. 1815
Unknown (Canadian, Quebec - early 19th century)
oil on canvas
68.8 x 56.4 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23180)
Jean-Thomas Taschereau, seigneur of Sainte-Marie de Beauce, conducted a parallel career as a government official, politician and judge. He died of cholera during the 1832 epidemic that decimated the population of Quebec City. The author of this painting, who remains unidentified, may have spent only a brief period in the capital. He was undoubtedly a painter of some experience, however, for he has represented Taschereau in a dynamic pose that contrasts with the severity of his black coat and white shirt and tie, thereby accentuating the determination and force of character emanating from the face.