According to, McCord’s senior cataloguer, Nora Hague, although Macdonald was associated more with Ottawa and Kingston, the Notman archives holds many images of Macdonald because he was a client of that agency.
Hague says aside from the numerous photographic works, in the McCord’s paintings, prints and drawings department there are many caricatures depicting Macdonald, his times and events from about 1858 to 2004 well after his death because he continues to be a prominent subject for political cartoonists.
“We also have many clippings from the newspapers of the day, such as the Canadian Illustrated News and its French counterpart, L’Opinon Publique, commenting on Macdonald and his colleagues/rivals. We also have a marvelous poster, which is frequently used by various clients, in works mentioning Sir John A. Macdonald.”
Hague also says that in 1882, Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917), the most important Quebec sculpture in the latter part of the 19th century, produced in his spare time at a rate of about one or two figures per year, a number of plaster statuettes of historical figures in Quebec history including John A. Macdonald and Georges Etienne Cartier.
In the McCord textual archives, we have Sir John A. Macdonald’s diploma, "Doctorem in ubroque juro" given to him on 3 Sep 1884 by McGill University, and his signature in the St. Lawrence Hall Hotel registers.”
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