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Rare Original Albumen Photograph Joseph Bouchette (1774-1844) circa 1860 to 1880.
The 2-1/4 x 3-3/8 inch photograph is mounted to a larger paper. Faded image in good condition.
This is an early photograph of an 1815 miniature painted by John Cox Dillman Engleheart (1784–1862).
Born in Quebec, Joseph Bouchette makes his traditional studies with the Seminar and engages then as draughtsman in his uncle, Samuel Holland, then land-surveyor-General of the Province of Quebec. In 1791, he becomes land-surveyor -- geometrician and enters the navy, where he will go up in guards. With the death of his uncle (1801), he replaces him by way of land-surveyor-General of Low-Canada, posts that it will occupy until his death in Montreal.
Joseph Bouchette launches, in 1814, the project to publish a topographic chart of the parts best established province, which would be accompanied by a shortened geographical description. He has been just promoted lieutenant-colonel in the army and notes the urgency to be able to have a good topographic chart in the event of war and also for the settlement of the cantons. The project is carried out in London, the following year, in the two languages.