This Artist, born at Marseilles in 1623, was a painter, sculptor and architect. . . . He was a pupil of Pietro da Cortona, who associated him to the works he executed in the Palace Pitti this country by the Reverend Abbe Desjardins of the Seminary of foreign Missions in Paris, a man of much artistic discrimination, who had resided some years in Canada at the time of the old French revolution. On his return to France, wishing to testify his gratitude for the hospitality he had received, by forwarding old paintings for the churches of this country as well as to some of his friends he collected a number of works of the most esteemed masters which men were offered for sale by families of the emigrating nobility. Many of these pieces were ultimately acquired by Mr. Legare who has carefully preserved these precious relics of art. Thus is explained the presence in Canada of paintings which European travelers are much astonished to find here. All the paintings included between nos. 1 and 33 belonged to that rare collection. [P. 3; see entries 04100002, 04100003, 04100004, 04100005, 04100006, 04100007, 04100008, 04100009, 04100010, 04100011 04100012, 04100013, 04100014, 04100015, 04100016, 04100017, 04100018, 04100019, 04100020, 04100021, 04100022, 04100023, 04100024, 04100025, 04100026, 04100027, 04100028, 04100029, 04100030, 04100031, 04100032, 04100033 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Catalogue of the Quebec Gallery of Paintings, Engravings, etc., the Property of Jos. Legare, St. Angele Street, corner of St. Helen Street. Quebec: E.R. Frechette, Printer and Stationer, No 13, Mountain Street, Lower-Town, 1852.