Artworks and Artists
Cholera Plague, Quebec

Cholera Plague, Quebec,
c. 1832
Légaré, Joseph
oil on canvas
82.2 x 111.4 cm


In the early 1830s, a cholera epidemic struck Europe. The disease reached the shores of the Saint-Lawrence in 1832, carried by the thousands of immigrants arriving from Great Britain. In Quebec City, it would claim the lives of 3,451 people (about one tenth of the population).