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Vallée, Louis-Prudent, 1837-1905, photographer

Gender: Male
Active Dates: 1837 - 1905
Active Area: North and Central America (continent)
Canada (nation)
Quebec (province)
Québec (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: Vallée, L.-P. (1878), 'Catalogue of photographic views of Quebec and vicinities: most respectfully presented to the tourist visiting Quebec'. [Québec?: s.n., L. Brousseau].
Related Entries: None found.
Louis-Prudent Vallée (baptized Louis-François-Charles-Prudent) was born in Saint-Roch parish, Quebec, Canada, on November 6th 1837. His father was in the building industry. Vallée spent time learning photography in New York and in the studio of Jules-Isaïe Benoît, dit Livernois. In 1867, in partnership with François-Xavier Labelle, he opened his first studio at 10 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada. The following year he took over the business himself. The bulk of his business consisted of portraits and tourist scenes.

He married Elizabeth McAvoy in 1870 and eventually had six children. As well as his running his photographic business, Vallée was deeply involved in the social and economic life of Quebec.

Vallée occupied several buildings in Rue Saint-John. In the 1880s he appears to have purchased the stock of George William Ellisson. The last years of the nineteenth century proved difficult, Vallée faced much competition. His wife opened up a millinery shop in an attempt to ease the financial pressures. However, in 1901 Vallée was forced to sell his property. He died in December 1905 (Cook 1994, pp.1047-1048).
Sources: Cook, Ramsay ed. (1994), 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography'. Volume XIII - '1901-1910'. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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