I-13159.1 | Niven's two children, 1864

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Niven's two children, 1864
William Notman (1826-1891)
1864, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Art (2774) , composite (312) , Photograph (77678)
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The earliest known Notman composite, made in 1864, is this simple thing depicting a brother and sister sitting under a spreading tree in a pastoral setting. This was followed by a few more of equal simplicity. But it wasn't until 1870 with the creation of the "Skating Carnival" composite that Notman paid any serious attention to this medium.

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Here is the reason for Willie's strange pose, the production of a small family composite. This is the first recorded composite made by the Notman studio, so the technique is not quite as polished as in their later efforts.

Source : In the Eye of the Camera [Web tour], by Nora Hague, McCord Museum (see Links)