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Jacques Cartier


Jacques Cartier


17¢ (8d stg)

Date of Issue

July 1, 1859




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension

11.75, 12 x 11.75, 12


American Bank Note Company, New York.


Based on a sketch by William Henry Griffin.

Original Artwork

François Riss, "Jacques Cartier", circa 1839

About Stamp

Portrait of Jacques Cartier is from a painting by François Riss who is said to have copied it from another portrait. Some art authorities believe that the portrait is entirely spurious. Monsieur Riss, a Russian painter who moved to Paris, copied a picture reported to be the likeness of Cartier some three hundred years after Cartier's first voyage. The historic chateau de Ramezay on Notre-Dame Street East in Montreal owns a similar painting about 48 inches high by 36 inches. A note appearing in the thirtieth edition of the gallery catalogue states that no genuine portrait of Cartier exists. The nearest is in Ramusio's engraving of his visit to Hochelaga (now Montreal).

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