09. Mgr Fran√É¬ßois de Laval
Vers / around 1700
Collection : Archidioc√É¬®se de Qu√É¬©bec / Archdiocese of Quebec
Attribu√É¬© √É¬† / attributed to Jacques Leblond de Latour (1671 Bordeaux France √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú 1715 Baie-Saint-Paul Qu√É¬©bec)
81.6 x 65 cm
This painting of Mgr Fran√É¬ßois de Laval appears to be the only portrait of the bishop made in New France during his lifetime. He was 77 years old at the time. He is wearing a reliquary pectoral cross on a cord around his neck.
Soon after he arrived in New France in 1690 Jacques Leblond de Latour a painter and sculptor began teaching at the Ecole des Arts et M√É¬©tiers de Saint-Joachim. He became a cleric in 1696. He was ordained as priest and appointed parish priest of Baie-Saint-Paul in 1706. The portrait of Mgr de Laval and that of Mgr de Saint-Vallier at the H√É¬īpital g√É¬©n√É¬©ral de Qu√É¬©bec are attributed to Jacques Leblond de Latour by G√É¬©rard Morisset.