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Johnston Quebec
Thomas Johnston. Quebec, The Capital of New-France, a Bishoprick, and Seat of the Soverain Court, [1759]
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
Johnston advertised this print in August 1759, while General Wolfe was besieging Quebec and Bostonians were eager for news. The view is taken from Point Levi, across the St. Lawrence River from the city and the site of a British artillery battery. The Île d’Orléans, where Wolfe had his headquarters, can be seen at far right, while the site of the decisive British victory on the Plains of Abraham is out of view to the left. Johnston presented his engraving as fresh and “newsy,” but it was copied from a view that had appeared on a French map in 1718.

 

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