Documentary iconography

Description of the collection

The documentary iconography collection contains more than 750 prints, drawings, press clippings and reproductions, dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The images it includes illustrate many features of life in Québec during this period, such as constructions (buildings, churches, bridges and boats), commercial centres, major fires and clothing fashions, as well as views of Montreal, Québec City and other regions.

The major part of the collection is composed of engravings by William Henry Bartlett taken from different editions of Canadian Scenery Illustrated, originally published in London in 1842. The grouping also contains many illustrations that appeared in the periodical Canadian Illustrated News (1869 to 1883), as well as works (some original) by such foremost artists as Charles Beauclerk, James Duncan, George Heriot, William S. Hunter, Edmond-Joseph Massicotte, John Murray and Robert A. Sproule.


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Thanks to the Iris multimedia catalogue, users can access the bibliographic record of elements that constitute the documentary iconography collection. A major part of the collection has been digitized and can be readily accessed through the Images digital collection.


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The documentary iconography can be studied in the reading room of BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. This room is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Telephone: 514 873-1100, ext. 266, or 1 800 363-9028
Fax: 514 873-7626

Isabelle Robitaille is in charge of this collection.

Our partners

Ville de Montréal. Fondation de BAnQ. Les Amis de BAnQ. Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec. RDAQ. RFN.