By John A. Morrow
Date of issue- June 5,
Number in edition- 500
Artist’s proofs- 50
Standard frame size- 14×28
Printed by HMS Fine Art by giclee printing with pigmented inks
In 1534 when Jacques Cartier discovered a mighty river leading into the new continent. It was August 10th. the day that honored St. Lorenzo. So he named the river after him, We know it today as the St Lawrence River.
St. Lawrence was champion of the poor in 3rd. century Italy. He refused to hand over the valuables of the church to Roman Emperor Valerian and was ordered put to death by being roasted on a gridiron. It has been said that while being burned alive, he told his executioners “you better turn me over me over now I’m done on this side”. Years later the church recognized his work with the poor and he was granted sainthood. He is the patron saint of cooking and books.
Around 2005, a fraternity, the Admirals of the Thousand Islands under the leadership of Hal McCarney, decided to erect a monument to St. Lawrence. They commissioned James Smith, a sculptor from Ontario (www.jamescsmith.com) to create a five meter tall statue of the saint. The monument stands on the banks of the St. Lawrence River about 60 feet above the water line. He holds a gridiron, the instrument of his death and a book in one hand. It is located a short distance down river from the Canadian bridge, in an area called the Palisades and is only visuable from the water. Reproduced from an acrylic painting by giclee printing.