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Coeur de lion McCarthy

Monument aux braves de Verdun

Presentation of the artwork
In 1924, the monument was placed in the triangle formed by the intersection of Rue Wellington and Boulevard LaSalle. In August 1959, it was moved to face the former Verdun city hall, now the borough city hall, at 4555 Rue de Verdun.

The monument is composed of two bronze sculptures and a column bearing engraved inscriptions. The sculpture that stands at the top of the column portrays a Canadian soldier in a triumphant pose, holding a helmet in one hand and brandishing a gun in the other, in a celebration of victory. At the base of the monument, a sitting woman, a symbol of patriotism and peace, holds in her right hand the flags of Victory and in her left hand a shield bearing the coat of arms of the City of Verdun.
Associated events
The monument is a tribute to the soldiers from Verdun who died on the field of honour during the world wars of 1914–18 and 1939–45.
Coeur de lion McCarthy
The son of the artist Hamilton Plantagenet McCarthy, Cœur de lion McCarthy was born in London in 1881, and received his training as a sculptor in his father’s studio. He created numerous commemorative monuments, among others in Trois-Rivières, Knowlton, and Vancouver. He made busts of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Queen Victoria. He died in Montréal in 1971.
Presentation of the artwork
In 1924, the monument was placed in the triangle formed by the intersection of Rue Wellington and Boulevard LaSalle. In August 1959, it was moved to face the former Verdun city hall, now the borough city hall, at 4555 Rue de Verdun.

The monument is composed of two bronze sculptures and a column bearing engraved inscriptions. The sculpture that stands at the top of the column portrays a Canadian soldier in a triumphant pose, holding a helmet in one hand and brandishing a gun in the other, in a celebration of victory. At the base of the monument, a sitting woman, a symbol of patriotism and peace, holds in her right hand the flags of Victory and in her left hand a shield bearing the coat of arms of the City of Verdun.
Associated events
The monument is a tribute to the soldiers from Verdun who died on the field of honour during the world wars of 1914–18 and 1939–45.
Coeur de lion McCarthy
The son of the artist Hamilton Plantagenet McCarthy, Cœur de lion McCarthy was born in London in 1881, and received his training as a sculptor in his father’s studio. He created numerous commemorative monuments, among others in Trois-Rivières, Knowlton, and Vancouver. He made busts of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Queen Victoria. He died in Montréal in 1971.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Materials
Bronze
Monument aux braves de Verdun
Borough
Verdun
Building
Hôtel de Ville arrondissement de Verdun
Park
Parc du Souvenir
Civic address
4555 rue de Verdun