10788 | Lord Frederic Paulet, Captain George G. Gordon and Captain Seymore

Lord Frederic Paulet, Captain George G. Gordon and Captain Seymore
William Notman
19th century
Albumen print carte-de-visite
10.3 x 6.3 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

This small carte-de-visite photograph shows three of the officers sent by the British government to British North America in 1861 to make recommendations on the defence of the colonies. The men were in charge of the troops that landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and were responsible for leading them on the successful march to Montreal, Quebec. While in Saint John, New Brunswick, the troops were given a banquet under the auspices of Mr. William Jack, Q.C. (1811-86). As a gesture of courtesy and a reminder of the troops' sojourn in New Brunswick, Lord Frederic Paulet, one of the commanding officers, sent his regards to the Jack family in the form of a short note and carte-de-visite photograph.

These mementos, treasured by the Jack family, provided the key that enabled William Jack's wife Emma (1825-95) to transform an ordinary doll into Lady Blanche Paulet, the fictional niece of a titled member of the British gentry. The doll was intended as a unique gift for the eighth birthday of their fourth daughter, Frances Allen Jack (1854-1913), affectionately known as Fanny.

  • What

    Egg whites were used in the preparation of albumen paper for photographic printing.

  • Where

    This photograph was taken in Montreal, Quebec, after the long winter trek from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was completed.

  • When

    This photograph accompanied a letter that was dated March 23, 1862, and sent to William Jack.

  • Who

    William Notman (1826-91), the photographer, owned and operated a vast empire of photographic studios in Canada and the United States.