I-11409.1 | Mrs. William Notman and Annie, Montreal, QC, 1864

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Mrs. William Notman and Annie, Montreal, QC, 1864
William Notman (1826-1891)
1864, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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This photograph portrays a newborn baby in the arms of her grandmother, dressed in black as a sign of mourning. The baby's mother had died at her birth.

Mrs. William Notman, née Janet Sloan (1805-1889), was the mother of the founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal. Her marriage to the elder William Notman took place on September 23, 1823 in High Paisley, Scotland.

Janet gave birth to seven children: William (1826-1891); Jessie (1828-?); John Sloan (1830-1879); Helen (1835-?); Robert (1837-1882); Margaret (1846-1873); and James (1849-1932).

Accompanied by her husband and two youngest children, Margaret and James, Janet set sail for Canada in 1859 on board the United Kingdom. Upon arrival in Montreal, the couple was reunited with their eldest son William who had, by then, established a photographic studio in the city. Mrs. William Notman was widowed on December 19, 1867 and died August 12, 1889 of senility.

Annie Notman (1864-1935) was a niece of photographer William Notman and the daughter of his brother Robert Notman (1837-1882). Annie Birks (1836-1864), Robert's first wife and Annie's mother, died at her daughter's birth.

In 1882, Annie worked at the Notman photographic studio. Her position and salary at that time are unknown. In 1888, she began working at the Park Street studio in Boston and later married George Converse. They would have no children.