Henri Julien
Henri Julien.jpg
Photo of Henri Julien
Born Octave-Henri Julien
(1852-05-14)May 14, 1852
Québec City
Died September 17, 1908(1908-09-17) (aged 56)
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist

Henri Julien, baptised Octave-Henri Julien (14 May 1852–17 September 1908) was a French Canadian artist and cartoonist noted for his work for the Canadian Illustrated News.

Personal history and career

[[wikipedia:File:Colonne de la liberte (Quebec).png|thumb|left|120px|Illustration of the Assembly of the Six Counties, drawn for The Montreal Star.|]]

Born in Québec City, he moved with his family to Montreal in 1869, where he apprenticed for an engraving firm. Commissioner George Arthur French of the North-West Mounted Police appreciated the value of good public relations. He knew the Canadian public was interested in the new police force and thought that providing a visual record of the force would help maintain that interest. Since in 1873 photographs could not be reproduced in newspapers, French wrote to the manager of the Canadian Illustrated News inviting them to send an artist-journalist to accompany the expedition. The idea appealed to the newspaper as they would get an exclusive set of articles and pictures to publish. The young artist was immediately sent on his way.

Nevertheless, Julien's western experience gave him a degree of self-assurance he had not previously possessed, and it was not long before he became a leading figure in the field of illustrative art in Canada. The 1870s and 1880s were the heyday of the engraver and lithographer, just before the machine replaced the artist, and Julien's illustrations were sought by magazines around the world. He is buried in Montreal's Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery. His drawing Le Vieux de '37, depicting an old man going to fight the Lower Canada Rebellion, is one of his best known of his works and of the Patriote iconography today.

A print by Henri Julien of the "Royal Military College of Canada Uniform of Cadets", which appeared in the Canadian Illustrated News is in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Accession Number: 19850291-004.[1] Gallery L'Art français exhibited his works.[2]


  1. Artefacts Canada
  2. Vie des arts, automne 1968, n°52, p. 73, "Galerie L'Art français, 370 ouest, rue Laurier, octobre: H. Julien"

External links

  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  • Diary of Henri Julien

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