Montreal before photography - McCord Discoveries

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Montreal before photography, 1760 – 1840

McCord Discoveries

May 14, 2021

Lecture presented online on May 14, 2021

Before the advent of photography, painting functioned as the representation of reality. The Museum’s Documentary Art collection serves to visually chronicle the history of Montreal’s urban development before 1840, the year that saw photography introduced here. Created as of 1760, as Montreal entered a new phase following the British conquest, this group of drawings, paintings and prints offers unique views of the rapid expansion of the colony’s new metropolis.

Lecture presented as part of the Festival d’histoire de Montréal and as part of a virtual lecture series: McCord Discoveries.


  • Christian Vachon, Head, Collections Management and Curator, Documentary Art, McCord Museum

McCord Discoveries

The McCord Museum is presenting a virtual lecture series: McCord Discoveries. Museum experts will share their recent discoveries about the collections and archives.
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