clear tone underlining dignity emanates from the Ambassador’s
Office. The dark furniture contrasts with the polished white marble
walls. The scenes were directly burin engraved and inked by Charles
The work tells the story of the discovery of Canada
by the Vikings in 1000 (north wall, left angle), and the epic
of the New France, from 1534-1760.
Champlain showing the maps of New France to Henry IV
Northern Wall : (where the chimney
is located). The theme is the arrival of the pioneers. Jacques
Cartier can be recognised planting the cross as a tribute to the
King of France, François 1st, in 1534, as well as the “Grande
Hermine,” central point of this composition, surrounded
by the “Petite Hermine” and the “Emerillon.”
To the right, Champlain, returned to Paris, shows maps of his
travels to Henry IV. As in many other scenes, the majority of
the historical characters are depicted with the faces of friends
of the artist or personalities of the residence.
Eastern Wall : (behind the
On the foreground of the panel : Mister Champlain and his young
wife assist the first marriage between a pioneer and one of the
“King’s wards” who came from France (1616).
On an angle, a man in doublet (Eugene Beaudouin, architect of
the Embassy) holds the blueprints of the new city, Montreal, founded
in 1642, in his hands.
The education of young men of the colony by the Ursulines
and the Jesuits.
Southern Wall : (between the two
windows overlooking the Park).
To the left : the education of young girls by the nuns from the
community of the Ursulines, and of young men by the Jesuits (1635).
To the right : the explorers, Louis Jolliet, Father Marquette,
and Cavalier de la Salle, headed South, discovering the Mississippi
(1673). La Vérendrye (born in Trois-Rivières in
1685), headed West, found the Rocky Mountains on his route (1743).
His sons, Francois and Louis, realised his dream of linking the
Western Wall :
This panel is a large panoramic view of the city of Québec
with, in its centre, a tribute to Wolfe and Montcalm (1759), and
Lévis (1760). Under stormy skies, the fortified city dominates
the billows of the Saint-Laurent. The book that a young girl is
holding recounts the capitulation of Quebec at the end of the
Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759, and the capitulation
of Montreal in 1760. “Then General Lévis ordered
the troops to burn their flags and broke his own sword not to
surrender.” The sculpture ornamenting the chimney of the
office was created by Louis Leygue, and represents “France.”
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