An oval-shaped tapestry handmade by Sophie Gingras (1835-1910), born in Quebec City, the daughter of Louise Contremine dit Jolicoeur and Édouard Gingras, a master mechanic, whose invention improving the stability and ride comfort of horse-drawn carriages attracted the attention of Emperor Napoleon III.

In 1853, Sophie married Joseph-Napoléon Bureau, a lawyer from Trois-Rivières, at the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica.

The couple settled in the husband’s city.

Senator Jacques Bureau was their son, and the donor of this work was the great-granddaughter of Sophie and Joseph-Napoléon.

Donation from Berthe Bureau-Dufresne
Musée Pierre-Boucher Collection
2005 100 C