Huntingdon… then and now

This is the only Catholic church in Huntingdon… even though there are at least three other churches that exist in the village — Anglican, Presbytarian and United. Saint Joseph Church on York Street was first established in 1862 and took 3 years to build, and its first Irish marriage took place in that same year. I could not find any data on the first Scottish marriage. The architect was Adolphe Lévesque and its present day organ was made by the Casavant brothers in 1934. Huntingdon presently has a population of 2450 and lies but a few kilometers from the New York state border.

Being of Scottish descent, I am very interested in the migration of the Scots in Quebec. Many scottish immigrants arrived in the early 1800s, settling in the southwestern parts of Québec, primarily along the banks of the Trout, Chateauguay, Outaouais (Ottawa) and St. Louis Rivers.

This painting was primarily done with Cerulean Blue as its undercast. Some French Ultramarine was also used (shadows).

Voici l’église St-Joseph à Huntingdon… mon oncle Benoit Brault s’est fait enterrer à l’arrière de cette église. Cette église date de 1862 et est la seule église catholique dans ce village de 2450 personnes. En passant, les personnes habitant Huntingdon se nomment Huntingdonnais, aise*. Ce surnom a été adopté en 1986 mais le surnom Baronnes est toujours présent, qui peut être une transformation de l’appellation primitive de l’endroit, « Bowron’s Village », nom qui évoquait la mémoire de William Bowron, agent des terres en 1822. La superficie du territoire est de 2,92 km2. En 1792, le nom « Huntingdon » a d’abord été attribué à un comté qui couvrait tout le sud-ouest de la province de Québec, à l’ouest de la rivière Richelieu et la municipalité de Huntingdon a été crée en 1848.

Watercolours: Winsor & Newton Artist and Daniel Smith
Paper: Stillman & Birn, Beta Series 140 lbs
Drawing Ink: Carbon Ink Fountain Pen with black Carbon Ink

 

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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