Portraits of fugitives from slavery at the MNBAQ

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Webster (third from right) poses with five of the nine illustrators who created the portraits of 13 slaves described in advertisements published in the Quebec Gazette (a forerunner of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph) and La Gazette de Montréal in the late 18th century.

Art is not one of the sciences of history like archeology or ethnology, but it can help historians represent the past. A new exhibit, Fugitives, on the third floor of the Gérard Morisette Pavilion of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) provides an excellent example of such collaboration.