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Pyle depicts the gesture by which the 16th century French mariner Cartier, who sought a passage through North America to Eastern Asia, established the basis for later French claims to Canada. The praying cleric and Cartier's own bowed head reflect the author’s dry note that Cartier told the native people "with pious fraud that the cross was only intended for a beacon."

Details

  • Title: Jacques Cartier setting up a cross at Gaspe
  • Date: 3/1/1883
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: H Pyle (LRC)
  • Physical Dimensions: w11.75 x h17.5 in (Complete)
  • Illustrator: Howard Pyle
  • Illustration Citation: The French Voyageurs, by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1883
  • Credit Line: Gift of Willard S. Morse, 1923
  • Provenance: Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • External Link: http://emuseum.delart.org:8080/emuseum/
  • Medium: Gouache on illustration board

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