Théophile Hamel

Théophile Hamel
Hamel Self-Portrait 1837.jpg
Théophile Hamel, self-portrait c. 1837
Born(1817-11-08)8 November 1817
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Died23 December 1870(1870-12-23) (aged 53)
Quebec City, Quebec
Known forPainting

Théophile-Abraham Hamel (8 November 1817 – 23 December 1870) was a Canadian artist who painted mainly portraits and religious images in 19th-century Quebec.[1]


Hamel was born in 1817 in Sainte-Foy (then a suburb of Quebec City), the son of a successful farmer. Hamel's paternal ancestry can be traced to French immigrant Jean Hamel, who arrived in New France from Avremesnil (Normandy) in 1656. In 1834 Théophile was already taking art lessons from Antoine Plamondon. For a while he attended the Accademia di San Luca, in Rome. He was very much interested in the works of the Romantics.[2]

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