Le Château Frontenac (Watercolor and Ink Sketch)

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Le Château Frontenac - Québec, Philippe Bédard, August 2019. Watercolor and ink on paper, 21.5 x 14 cm (8.5 x 5.5 po). © Philippe Bédard.

Le Château Frontenac (the orange part on the left) is a majestic and iconic hotel situated in the historic district’s Upper Town in the City of Québec, QC, Canada, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The hotel opened in 1893 and was the first completed grand railway hotel, originally owned by the Canada Pacific Railway company. While I slightly over saturated the Chateau Frontenac’s exterior color for this artwork to celebrate the light, the color is a warm and inviting shade of reddish-brown. This rich hue adds to the hotel’s grandeur, giving it a sense of timeless elegance and sophistication. This complement the use of copper and tin, which gives the roof its characteristic hue that has become synonymous with the Chateau Frontenac. The drawing is seen from Lévis, on the other side of the St.-Laurence River, and also displays the Old Québec Lower Town. The right side includes the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral in front of the beautiful Laurentides landscape.

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